November 30, 2010

Unemployment by Gender and Industry

Here is a breakdown of unemployment for men and women for each of the major industry categories.  These are the figures as of Oct. 2010 (not seasonally adjusted) :

Men Women Diff
Total, 16 years and over 9.4% 8.6% 0.8%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.............. 11.4% 4.8% 6.6%
Construction 17.5% 15.1% 2.4%
Manufacturing 8.5% 12.0% -3.5%
Wholesale and retail trade 8.6% 10.0% -1.4%
Transportation and utilities 6.8% 7.7% -0.9%
Information 10.1% 9.4% 0.7%
Financial activities 5.9% 7.4% -1.5%
Professional and business services 10.7% 10.4% 0.3%
Education and health services 5.8% 5.8% 0.0%
Leisure and hospitality 11.2% 11.0% 0.2%
Other services 8.2% 9.4% -1.2%
Agricultural and related private wage and salary workers.... 10.0% 14.2% -4.2%
Government Workers 4.3% 4.4% -0.1%

The third column labeled 'Diff' is the difference in the unemployment rate from men and women.   Negative numbers have more unemployed women and positive numbers are more unemployed men.   As you can see the unemployment for men versus women varies a lot from industry to industry.

Some industries are about the same:  professional, education, leisure and government are virtually equal.

Women are hurting more in some areas such as manufacturing, financial and agricultural.

Men are worse in mining and construction.


  1. Interesting comparisons! I do wish, however, that education and health had each been considered separately. I wonder how much of that 5% is due to lack of jobs for teachers and education support people rather than a shortage of jobs for physicians, nurses, lab techs, etc.

  2. Lola,

    The source breaks down the categories into subcategories so it does have separate numbers for health and education fields.

    men 5.1%, women 5.6%
    men : 7.6%, women 6.6%

    So health is doing better than education. They don't give any insight on WHY people are out of work in individual industries. The overall 5.5% unemployment in health is not bad at all though and what we'd see for unemployment in a healthy economy.



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