Best Large Job Markets for Women Found in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia

12 Aug 2016 Best Large Job Markets for Women Found in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia

Women in the US are more likely to be unemployed than men – meaning, more women can’t find work when they want to work.

However, in 20 large metros, women have lower unemployment rates than men. In this article, we examine US Census data for the largest 53 metros (1+ million population) to find the best job markets for women.

About 40% of large metros have a lower unemployment rate for women than men. This unemployment disparity was the lowest in Buffalo, where the female unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than that of men in 2014. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Hartford rounded out the top 5 metros for women workers.

Gender employment equity is worst in Jacksonville where the unemployment rate in 2014 was more than 2 percentage points higher for women than men. Portland, Riverside and Birmingham followed.


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