Women now outnumber men in national workforce

Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 5:41 PM PST
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It’s a milestone stat for women.

According to new data from the labor department - women now outnumber men in the workforce with the new data showing 50.4% of the non-farming U.S. workforce being female.

“We see the largest share of women in the financial industry, health care, and education,” said David Schmidt, the Chief Economist for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation in Nevada.

Schmidt says men still have the majority here, but it is close. The most recent number – which is from 2018 – shows women holding just under 49% of the jobs.

Over at UNR’s school of medicine, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Nicole Jacobs says the trend has been a gradual, decades-long process.

“Back in 1966 only 7% of medical students were female,” explained Jacobs.”I’ve been here for over 12 years and have seen the class sizes slowly increasing.”

Jacobs added that while UNR’s medical school is almost exactly 50/50, nationally there are more women in medical schools.

The shift has been attributed to a number of factors, including the country’s loss of jobs in the traditionally male dominated field of manufacturing, but jobs being added in more female dominated fields like education and health services.

And with regards to the pay gap, Nevada is one of the better states for women. DETR says women average 87% of what men make in the state, which is one of the smaller gaps in the U.S.

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