A Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis report shows that women with children and women of color are more likely to leave the workforce.
Black women and Latina women’s labor force participation rate declined from January 2020 to January 2021. White women’s participation declined during the time period.
The study found that women of color were more likely to be in jobs with big employment losses in the spring, when the H1N1 flu hit.
According to the report, Latina women are more likely to work in industries that have larger employment losses and less remote work. It said that black women were less likely to work in occupations where working from home was common.
It’s true that women of color are more likely to be in non-remote jobs, which would make it more difficult for caring for children at home.
Women with children were more likely to leave the work force, according to the report.
There was a 5% decrease in participation among women with children younger than 6 years old from January 2020 to January 2021. Women with children between the ages of 6 and 12 saw a decline in the workforce. Black and Latina women were affected more than whites.
The report states that lower-income workers and those with less education were more likely to leave the workforce.
The parent might have felt they needed to stay home to care for the children if the schools were closed. Lower-earning mothers might not have had the same options as higher earning mothers, they might be less likely to be able to work from home while watching their children, or hire a teacher to watch them.
The reports show the importance of accessible and reliable child care in keeping women in the workforce.
The gender earnings gap is caused by the breaks in employment for women.
She said that the breaks in employment could have serious earnings penalties for the women when they return to work. I think we have had a strong labor market recovery, we have been adding jobs every month, but we are definitely not there yet.
A Brooklyn Park mother has returned to work after completing a job training program.
She said it is possible to do whatever you want. You just have to get up, get out and get the help you need.
After her department was sold, she left her previous employer. She became an Amazon Prime driver but the 10 to 12 hour days became too tiring when her foster child came back to live with her.
She said that she left because she couldn’t do it because it was not affordable.
Her son, who is now an adopted child, has a variety of disorders. She said the added level of uncertainty was created by COVID-19.
She said that he was going to day treatment and would sometimes have to return to his home.
After a few months, she needed to re-enter the work force and looked for a training program that would allow her to learn more about the medical field.
She asked, “Who is going to pay the bills?” You have to figure something out if you have goals.
She is now working full time as a healthcare advisor.
She enjoys being that person to advocate for them. If you put your mind to it, you can do anything.
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