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Women Now Outnumber Men in the U.S. Workforce

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According to new data released by the United States Department of Labor, the number of women in the workforce has surpassed the number of men by approximately 109,000. This means that 50.4% of the American labor force is women, something that hasn't happened since 2010.

A closer look at the numbers reveals that the positions surveyed were not farming jobs. As it has been in previous years, women still hold the majority in education and healthcare careers, filling at least 75% of the positions in the industry, as well as 58% of government jobs, and 56% of jobs in finance. “Women are going into the types of occupations where jobs are growing more rapidly, so this trend isn’t going to reverse," said Betsey Stevenson, professor of the University of Michigan.

So where are the men? 89% of working age men participate in the workforce, when nearly 100% did 70 years ago. Some speculate that a lack of demand for labor, especially unskilled labor, and falling wages have contributed. There's also the consideration of baby boomers retiring in droves, shrinking the workforce considerably. It could also be that the gig economy has attracted more workers over the last several years, but whether the freelance labor force is disproportionately male is mere speculation.

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