Construction and Manufacturing Slowdowns Are Keeping Men Unemployed

Men who lost their jobs are rejoining the workforce at a slower pace than their female counterparts. That’s because of the sluggishness in male-dominated fields, including construction and manufacturing.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that men lost six million jobs during the recession and only 70 percent have been filled. According to, construction workers were the single hardest hit group in the recession, accounting for nearly a quarter of all job losses in the economy. In 2010, their unemployment rate surged to 25 percent.

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