Staying with the employment theme here’s some interesting data from the Atlantic that shouldn’t have surprised us, but was an eye opener, nonetheless. The U.S. Federal payrolls are dominated by men and state and local government by women. Our priors of how to explain this are reflected in two words: Pentagon and teachers. Great chart from a good Atlantic article on the “sexist” recession, and recovery.
As the graphic to the left shows, women far outnumber men on state and local government payrolls, especially in public schools. Early in the recession, those employers were propped up by stimulus money. No longer. We live in an age of belt tightening, and government employees are being shown the door by the thousands. Last month, state and municipal payrolls shrank by 16,000 workers. There’s no sign of the trend letting up.
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