Black Women Hit Hard by Economic Crisis

Black women have lost more jobs during the recovery than they did during the recession, Courtland Milloy writes in his Washington Post column.

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In his column at the Washington Post, Courtland Milloy tackles a recent study by the National Women's Law Center that says black women have lost more jobs during the recovery than they did during the recession. One reason is cuts in the public sector.

After the health-care company where Linda Evans worked relocated outside the Washington area, she spent two years searching for another job. But nothing panned out.

“I felt like a loser,” said Evans, who lives in the District.

No doubt the nation’s economic woes have made a lot of people feel that way. But women— especially black women like Evans -- were among the hardest hit. And the so-called recovery has been even worse for them.

According to a recent study by the National Women’s Law Center, black women have lost more jobs during the recovery -- 258,000 -- than they did during the recession -- 233,000. Put another way, black women represented 12.5 percent of all women workers in June 2009. But between then and this June, black women lost 42.2 percent of jobs lost by women overall.

“For women as a whole, and particularly black women, cuts in public sector employment have been devastating,” said Joan Entmacher, vice president for family economic security at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington. “When it comes to job growth in the private sector, women are also doing less well than men. Whether employers feel it is more important to put men back to work first, we just can’t say at this point.” 

Read Courtland Milloy's entire column at the Washington Post.

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