Government Job Losses Hit the Young, the Less Educated, and Women the Hardest

Government Job Losses Hit the Young, the Less Educated, and Women the Hardest

February 28, 2013

The Great Recession was characterized by dramatic declines in private-sector employment with a lagged decline in public-sector jobs as well. Even as the private sector has slowly recovered, public-sector job losses have continued to mount. This analysis finds that in both the private and public sectors, job losses have hit the young, the less educated, and women the hardest. Therefore, the public sector has reinforced rather than buffered private-sector trends.

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