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Women Drop Out of Workforce at Fastest Clip Since Virus Peak

  • Participation for women likely to have children is falling
  • Black-White unemployment gap narrowed first time since April
Middle Aged Women working from home in office whilst also looking after her young daugther.
Photographer: Belinda Howell/Moment RF
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Women, especially those in the age group most likely to have young children, are dropping out of the job market at the fastest pace since the height of the pandemic as many schools and child care centers remain closed.

Participation in the labor force by women between the ages of 25 to 54 dropped to 74.2% in September, down from 74.9% in August after nearly hitting an all-time record right before the virus hit, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department.