|By Ann Belser, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette|
A report to be released today by
The report also found that during 2011, with widespread cuts to government spending, women saw a net reduction in jobs, while men experienced gains.
"In the stimulus, there was this focus on 'shovel-ready' jobs," said
Since the recovery, there have been cuts throughout the various levels of government, particularly concentrated in education and social services. Those fields are dominated by women, meaning that women are still losing jobs even as men return to employment.
The report fo und that women accounted for 60 percent of the employees cut from state and local government jobs between
Single mothers have a particularly tough time: "At the end of 2011, 13.6 percent of unmarried women living with minor children were unemployed and looking for work, compared with 6.9 percent for all women," the report said.
Ms. Arnet said the reality is that economically more single mothers, who used to be able to support a family, are now falling into poverty.
One piece of the solution, Ms. Arnet said, may lie in The Affordable Care Act, because
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