Unemployment Rate for Women Declines to Pre-Pandemic Level

By: - May 6, 2022 12:00 am

Casino employees interview a job applicant in Atlantic City, N.J., in April. The unemployment rate for women dropped to 2.8% in April, the lowest since 2019. Wayne Parry/The Associated Press

The unemployment rate for women dropped to 2.8% in April, the lowest level since April 2019 before the pandemic, as restaurants and bars led the way in hiring amid renewed optimism about public mingling. It’s another indication of recovery from the “shecession” that affected women more than men economically.

The unemployment rate for men was 3.4%, the lowest since December 2019. The figures are for men and women at least 20 years old and are not seasonally adjusted.

Restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses had the largest increase in hiring, about 78,000, as about 428,000 total jobs were added in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Jobs in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing also grew.

The number of people who said they couldn’t work, or had to work less, because of pandemic conditions dropped from 2.5 million in March to 1.7 million in April.

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Tim Henderson
Tim Henderson

Tim Henderson covers demographics for Stateline. He has been a reporter at the Miami Herald, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Journal News.