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Minorities stuck in a 'she-cession'

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

Data show women as a whole are largely bouncing back from the pandemic's economic devastation. But as Pepperdine University professor Luisa Blanco writes for Bloomberg Opinion, the "she-cession" persists for Black and Latina workers. She says that while women overall are down to a seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 6.4% after hitting 16.2% in April, unemployment rates for Latinas and Black women remain much higher — 8.2% and 9.0%, respectively. Blanco writes the disparity is due, in part, to occupational segregation, since Black and Latina workers tend to be employed in vulnerable retail or hospitality roles.

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