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Older Women Workers

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Examines impact of economic downturn on labor force participation of older women.

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Older Women Workers

  1. 1. Julie  Graber  The  InsBtute  on  Women  insBtuteonwomen.org  OLDER  WOMEN  WORKERS    U.S.  –  OHIO  -­‐  COLUMBUS  MSA   Copyright © 2010, The Institute on Women
  2. 2. EMPLOYMENT PICTURE, WOMEN AGE 55 AND OLDER, COLUMBUS MSAC23001. SEX BY AGE BY EMPLOYMENT STATUS FOR THE POPULATION 16 YEARS AND OVER Universe:FEMALE POPULATION 16 YEARS AND OVERData Set: 2008 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates Combined Unemployment Rate 3.0%Geography: Columbus, MSA Columbus MSA, 2008, 55 and over 55 to 64 years: 94,396   65 to 74 years: 54,954   75 years and over: 51,356                    In labor force: 57,360   In labor force: 11,484   In labor force: 2,464   Employed 55,858   Employed 11,018   Employed 2,319   Unemployed 1,502   Unemployed 466   Unemployed 145   Not in labor force 37,036   Not in labor force 43,470   Not in labor force 48,892          Unemployment Rate 2.6%   Unemployment Rate 4.1%   Unemployment Rate 5.9%   Columbus MSA, but 2008 data – 2009 data will be released in phases during September. Copyright © 2010, The Institute on Women
  3. 3. 2009  Columbus  Unemployment:   2009  Ohio  Unemployment:     Gender,  Marital  Status,  Race   Older  Workers   Labor           Labor     Force     Force     ParBcipaBon   Unemployment   ParBcipaBon   Unemployment   Rate   Rate   Rate   Rate  COLUMBUS  MSA       OHIO       Men   73.4%   11.9%       Women   65.0%   8.1%   Men  55  to  64   68.6%   7.2%   Men  65  and  older   20.1%   7.2%     Women  who  maintain  families   70.8%   9.5%   Women  55  to  64   61.2%   7.2%     African  American  Men   64.0%   21.0%       Women  65  and  older   13.1%   3.8%       African  American  Women   63.2%   14.7%  Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment, 2009Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment, 2009http://www.bls.gov/opub/gp/laugp.htm Copyright © 2010, The Institute on Women
  4. 4. D-16. Unemployment rates by age, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicityNOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTEDSECOND QUARTER COMPARISONSGeography: United States            Black or            All White African-American Asian Hispanic or LatinoWOMEN 2009 2010 2009 2010 2009 2010 2009 2010 2009 201055 years and over 5.9 6 5.8 5.8 5.4 7.3 5.7 7.4 9.9 9.5  55 to 64 years 5.9 6.2 5.8 6 5.9 6.8 6 7.3 9.8 10.3 65 years and  over 5.9 5.5 6 5.1 3.5 9.3 4.4 7.9 10.6 6.4 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment, 2009 http://www.bls.gov/opub/gp/laugp.htm Second quarter unemployment comparisons: § For women 55 to 64 years, unemployment is up compared to 2009 within every demographic group § For women 65 years and over, unemployment has dropped for white women and Hispanic or Latino women, but increased sharply for African American and Asian women Copyright © 2010, The Institute on Women
  5. 5. U.S. Unemployment, 2008 vs. 2009 Annual Averages, For Older Women Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey Labor force status: Unemployment rate Sex: Women Years: 2008 to 2009 % Women 2008 2009 Increase   60-64 years of age 3.4 6.1 79.4%   65-69 years of age 3.6 6.2 72.2%   70-74 years of age 4.7 5.8 23.4%   75 years of age and over 4.0 6.4 60.0%   Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population SurveyAcross the US, unemployment rates among older women workers increased significantly in2009, from 23% to nearly 80%. Copyright © 2010, The Institute on Women

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