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Govt: 766,000 More Women Unemployed Today Than When Obama Took Office

Friday, 01 Jun 2012 02:54 PM

By Anthony Sokol

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The number of unemployed American women grew by 766,000 in May since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, CNSNews.com reported.

There were approximately 5,005,000 unemployed women in the United States in January 2009, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

There were 5,771,000 unemployed women in May 2012. The unemployment rate for American women was 7.0 percent in January 2009. It was 7.9 percent in May 2012. The female civilian non-institutional population was 121,166,000 when Obama took office in January 2009. It rose to 125,788,000 In May 2012, an increase of 4,622,000 since January 2012.

While the female civilian non-institutional population was increasing, the percentage participating in the labor force was declining. In January 2009, 59.4 percent of women participated in the labor force. In May 2012, 57.8 percent participated in the labor force.

May’s 57.8 percent of female labor force participation rate increased from April’s 57.6 percent rate, which was the lowest it had been since March 1993.

Female participation in the labor force hit a peak of 60.3 percent in April 2000. The last time it was above 60 percent was March 2001, when it was 60.2 percent.

The actual number of women employed in the United States in May 2012 was about 83,000 lower than it was in January 2009. There were 66,969,000 women employed in the United States in January 2009. There were 66,886,000 in May 2012.

The BLS statistics show that the number of women employed in the United States peaked at 68,102,000 in April 2008. The number of women employed in the United States today dropped by is 1,216,000.

The female unemployment rate was at its lowest level in May 1953 when it hit 2.7 percent. The Labor Bureau began posting historical data on female employment in 1948 when only 34.0 percent of non-institutionalized American civilian women 16 or older participated in the labor force.

The unemployment rate for men was 7.8 percent in May, while the unemployment rate for women was 7.4 percent, according to Fox News Latino.

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