Men and women take different paths back to job market

March 11, 2012 by  

The current economy and job market have forced many Americans to re-evaluate their qualifications and expectations. Numbers show that unemployed men and women seem to be taking divergent approaches in returning to employment. Men are staying the course and filling roughly two thirds of job vacancies in the United States by taking positions they are overqualified for or accepting work in new industries. Women, to the contrary, appear to be leaving the job market temporarily and returning to school in an effort to hone their skills and attributes.

There are several reasons for such distinctions. First, men suffered more layoffs than women early in the recession due to the fact that industries with positions typically occupied by men, like construction, were hardest hit by the economic downturn. As the economy recovers, these jobs have re-emerged. Second, public sector positions usually occupied by women have been phased out due to government cutbacks and losses of tax revenue. Education has also been a substantial factor according to Marisa Di Natale, director of economic research for Moody’s Analytics:

“The growth in enrollment has been much faster for women than men, which helps explains some of their declines in the labor force.”

Georgia follows national trends. From 2008 to 2011, 19,000 women enrolled into the University System of Georgia compared to less than 16,000 men. Nationally, 1.12 million men obtained jobs compared to 548,000 women. Experts believe Georgia will follow this pattern as well. Statistics from November and December show an increase in new jobs in metro-Atlanta regions like Fayetteville. Printing companies can help the women and men of Georgia get back to working through resume and business card printing services.