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Women Leaving Workforce Again Shows Uneven U.S. Jobs Recovery

  • Child care, patchy school reopenings are holding women back
  • Gap between Black, White unemployment at widest since November
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Breaking Down the Huge Miss in the U.S. Jobs Report
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Women dropped out of the U.S. labor force in April for the first time since January, signaling the jobs recovery may be more haphazard than expected even as more schools reopen and vaccinations accelerate.

Some 165,000 women aged 20 and over withdrew from the labor force, meaning they aren’t employed or searching for a job. The total Latina labor force is down 5% since the pandemic began, the biggest shortfall of any of the major race and gender groups tracked by the Department of Labor, followed by Black women.