More Women Return to the Workplace

The percentage of women participating in the U.S. labor force has been in decline for much of the past two decades. Even as participation soared in other developed economies, a lack of “good-paying, middle-skilled jobs,” together with limited or expensive child care, appeared to hold back American women. But a resurgent economy is helping to reverse the trend:

•  The percentage of U.S. women aged 25 to 54 in the labor force has inched up from 73.3% percent three years ago to 75.2% today.

•  At the same time, the demographic’s rate of unemployment has plummeted to its lowest level since the 1950s.

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