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Working women disproportionately impacted by pandemic, report finds

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COLORADO SPRING, Colo. (KRDO) -- According to a new report, working women in Colorado are leaving the workforce at a disproportionately higher rate than men, in what experts are calling a "she-cession."

According to findings released by Colorado based research group, Common Sense Institute, women accounted for more than 54% or 5.26 million U.S. jobs lost since January 2020. In comparison, men accounted for 4.4 million.

In Colorado, unemployment for women ages 16 to 24 increased to 12.5% and 5% for women above the age of 25.

Colorado Springs small business owner Rebecca Moon said she's all too familiar with the challenges associated with owning and operating her own business, especially at a young age.

"The biggest thing was people trusting that I could do it and I think being female added another layer onto that," Moon said.

Most noticeably, Kristin Strohm, President and CEO of Common Sense Institute, said the data highlights the effects on Colorado mothers. In December, mothers participating in the labor force were 6% below February 2020 levels of 79%. Overall, at least 20,000 Colorado mothers left the labor force compared to a nearly 10,000 increase for men.

"To put that in perspective, that's about two and a half times the world arena down in Colorado Springs," Strohm said.

She said this is largely due to household and childcare challenges caused by the pandemic, which Strohm said must be a top priority for economic recovery moving forward.

"That's key. If we don't get women back to work, our economy is never going to recover."

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  1. Yes, the pandemic is sexist. Perhaps facts should rule fiction in this “Once upon a time” of politically charged disinformation paralyzing the system with fear. Open the schools so moms can go back to work.

    1. The era of gross disinformation is over, but the facts about the pandemic remain facts. And you’re correct that schools being out has to be one of the primary reasons that women are affected more than men. The good news is that we’re now seeing an improvement in the overall numbers for the pandemic, which means it is definitely time for schools to reopen and get us back on track.

  2. I am surprised the number isn’t higher. Fortunately many companies are letting workers “work” from home nowadays.

    1. But it makes better news if it is saying it affects women.
      Men are supposed to suck it up.
      If it happened to a minority or gender confused weirdos it would be front page.

      Dems hate women and their shut downs are the reason for this.

      1. The Trump days of women-hating are over. You only have to look at President Biden’s cabinet nominees to understand that, if you can understand anything . . .

        1. That’s right. Now we just need to work on Biden and his racist comments that the media ignores! Imagine if Trump said “Blacks and Hispanics are too dumb to use the internet”. I love how biased the media is.

        2. Yeah, how about the MEN that are now women? Most of his picks are running into trouble getting confirmed!
          To radical or have issues from their past. How about that native they want to confirm? Lying on her financial disclosure form and not putting down income?
          Typical Libs, only when they get caught do they do the right thing.

    2. No one is arguing that both females and males were affected. The article simply explains the fact that females were affected more than males.

  3. Has the media reported that every protected class and sex has been disproportionately affected? I’m getting a feeling that they missed one though.

      1. The only categories should be Male and Female and AMERICAN.
        No such thing as a American African so why do we have African American if they were born here. They are just AMERICANS.

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