We all know women love to work. Confirmation: Almost 60 percent of the 122 million of us in the U.S., age 16 or over, participated in the labor force in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some other interesting facts I wanted to share with my FOF friends:
Fewer women than men were unemployed in 2009: 8.1 percent v. 10.3 percent.
Women comprised 46.8 percent of the total U.S. labor force and are projected to account for 46.9 percent in 2018.
Women are projected to account for 51.2 percent of the increase in the total labor force growth between 2008 and 2018.
Among the most prevalent occupations for employed women in 2009 were:
Secretaries and administrative assistants: 3,074,000
Registered nurses: 2,612,000
Elementary and middle school teachers: 2,343,000
Nursing, psychiatric and home health aides: 1,770,000
We also know women earn less than men. Confirmation: The median weekly earnings of women who were full-time wage and salary workers was $657, or 80 percent, of the $819 that men earn. When comparing the median weekly earnings of people aged 16 to 24, young women earned 93 percent of what young men earned ($424 and $458 respectively.)
At least the second set of figures is an improvement. Maybe that means women are getting a little more equal in the United States. Younger women have FOF women to thank for that, as far as I’m concerned.
But women still have a long way to go.