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Women Drive Job Gains as US Labor Market Surges Back in July

  • Report shows number of employed women rose 327,000 last month
  • Female labor force grew, while it shrank fourth month for men
Commuters during rush hour at the 34 Street-Penn Station subway station in New York.

Commuters during rush hour at the 34 Street-Penn Station subway station in New York.

Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

A sharp increase in female employment drove US payroll gains in July, according to Labor Department data released Friday.

The total number of employed women rose by 327,000 last month, accounting for more than half of the 528,000 increase in overall payrolls. The advances were particularly strong for Latina women -- the number who are working climbed past 12 million, the highest on record -- and White women.