Sluggish economy, stay-at-home parenting contribute to gender employment gap

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 3:23pm.

In communities along Colorado’s Front Range, more men of “prime age” are employed than their female counterparts, with the gap widening over the last 15 years, according to a recent American Community Survey.

The survey’s estimates are based on data collected from 2009 to 2013 and analyzed by the New York Times.

Of the 61,196 women between the ages of 25 and 54 living in Boulder County, 76 percent are employed – which is higher than the national average of 30 percent. By comparison, 88 percent of the 62,641 men in the same age group living in Boulder County are employed, according to the survey.

Many other Front Range counties are experiencing a similar discrepancy, with the percentage of “prime age” women ranging from the low- to mid-70 percent, while between 80 percent and 95 percent of men in the same age group were employed.

The Times reports that the feminist movement drove the numbers of prime-age women with jobs up during the latter decades of the 20th century. However, the poor economy combined with an increase of stay-at-home parenting has caused the female employment rate to drop since 2000.

Currently, about 30 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 54 nationwide are not employed, compared with 26 percent in 1999, the Times reports. In comparison, female employment rates have continued rising in most wealthy countries while employment of prime-age men in the United States has been falling for much of the last 50 years.

Here’s a look at the employment of women compared with men in some of the Front Range Colorado’s predominant counties:

Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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