You may have seen these headlines in the last 24 hours talk about how all 140,000 jobs lost in the United States last month belonged to women. “The US economy lost 140,000 jobs in December,” it said CNN. “They were all held by women.” Wealth formulates the news in a similar way: “Women represent 100% of the 140,000 jobs exposed by the US economy in December.”
While this is certainly true, shaping these losses as losses for “women” does not tell the whole story. In case of additional breaking from race and ethnicity, Data from the National Women’s Legal Center behind the news cycle it is revealed that white women like men, in fact to acquire jobs in December, which means that all those tens of thousands of jobs lost last month were held by colored women.
According to CNN, black women and Latinos lost their jobs in December, while white women made “significant gains” in the labor market. This does not mean that no white woman has lost her job in the last month, just as it does not mean that no man has lost his job in recent weeks. This means that white women generally got more jobs than they lost in December, while blacks and Latinos lost more than they won.
This mismatch in job losses reflects broader trends in American women’s employment, CNN added. They are black women and Latinos disproportionately hired in industries that have been most difficult of the economic downturn of the pandemic, those who tend to miss things like policies for remote work and paid sick leave. Latinos and black women too have the highest unemployment rates among all women in the country (respectively 9.1% and 8.4%), while the lowest are white women (5.7%).