175,000 Fewer Women Held Jobs in July; 94,000 Dropped Out of Labor Force

August 3, 2012 - 9:08 AM

 

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - 175,000 fewer American women held jobs in July than in June, according to employment data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

By contrast, the number of men who held jobs declined by only 20,000 from June to July, according to BLS.

From June to July, the number of women in the labor force--meaning they either had a job or had actively looked for one in the last four weeks--dropped by 94,000.

Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate ticked up for women for the third straight month. In May, it was 7.9 percent. In June, it was 8.0 percent. And in July, it was 8.1 percent. (The unemployment rate for men held steady in May, June and July at 8.4 percent.)

In June, there had been 66,929,000 American women employed. In July, that dropped 66,754,000--a month-to-month decline of 175,000.

Similarly, in June, there had been 72,713,000 women in the labor force. In July, that dropped to 72,619,000--a decline of 94,000.

In June, there had been 75,486,000 American men employed. In July, that dropped to 75,466,000, a decline of 20,000.

In total, there were 195,000 fewer Americans employed in July than in June--with 175,000 of those people being women.

When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, there were 66,969,000 women employed in the United States. Since then, the number of women employed in this country has dropped to 66,754,000--a decline of 215,000 in the number of women employed.

In January 2009, the unemployment rate among women was 7.0 percent compared to the 8.1 percent unemployment rate among American women in July.