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By DeeDee Strum: Have you ever said, "What?!? Pink Collar Jobs #a*?" Pink Collar Workers, Us, Women who, regardless of education or job title, continue to be the largest part of the newly displace workforce due to COVID-19, for many reasons:  job closures, duty for childcare/home schooling; fear of bringing the virus home to others.

You get the picture.  I'm sure you or someone near and dear to you may even be the "star" in this made-at-home-movie script.  I had to sit back and take stock when one of my many working nieces stopped by to share she had left her executive level banking position to stay home with school age children even though she makes way more than her husband.  Hmmmm….?

Illustratively, CNBC reported on October 2, 2020, that, in just the one month period between August and September, nearly 1.1 million workers ages 20 and over dropped out of the labor force, meaning they are no longer working or even looking for work.

Of those workers, 865,000 of them were women, a number four times higher than the 216,000 men who also left the workforce, according to a National Women's Law Center analysis... where Black women and Latinas both saw double digit unemployment rates in September at 11.1% and 11%, respectively, according to NWLC data.

Further analysis finds the hardest hit to be those occupying pink collar jobs defined to mean someone working in the care-oriented career fields historically considered to be "women's work."

While these jobs may also be filled by men, they are jobs typically found to be female-dominated and may pay significantly less than white-collar or blue collar jobs:  nursing, social work, teaching, administrative work, other.


CNBC Reference

National Women's Law Center Reference

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