Since the 1980s, unemployment rates have trended higher amongst men than women during a recession. In previous periods of economic downturn, this made sense. Male-dominated industries, like construction and finance, were typically some of the most impacted by a recession.1
But with the onset of COVID-19, we’ve seen a shift in what workforces are the most impacted. The unemployment rate among women more than quadrupled from 4.4% in March 2020 to 16.1% in April 2020. That’s a 2.5% higher rate of unemployment in women than men.1
There are a few reasons why this past year’s economic downturn is being called a “she-cession.”
Several women-dominated industries, including hospitality and leisure and entry-level food positions, were hit hardest by the pandemic. And when schools, nurseries, and daycares shut down, parents scrambled to cover. This increased need for full-time childcare meant many working mothers adjusted their professional roles to accommodate.
While the government offered several short-term assistance options to help those affected by the pandemic, there are long-term, compounding financial hardships that should be addressed by a professional. If you’ve experienced financial strain due to the long-lasting effects of COVID-19, do not hesitate to reach out. As female financial planners we've received many messages from women who lost their jobs in the past year and are now having to look for other job opportunities or reinvent themselves. We are here for you if you're been impacted and need help planning for the future.
1. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2020
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How COVID-19 Caused a “She-Cession”
June 09, 2021