Economists, Child Care Experts Say Pandemic Caused Women-Centric Recession – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The economic toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has hit many people hard, but new figures show it has been particularly difficult for working mothers to find child care.

Economists and child care specialists say the pandemic has caused a recession centered on women.

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According to the RAND Corporation and the state, the pandemic-related job cuts have hit many industries that tend to employ women. And, according to recent studies, although there are now plenty of jobs available, many women don’t return to work because they don’t have a lot of childcare options. Many daycares are still closed or with limited registration.

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According to a study by the Penn State Center for Economic Community Development, the most recent unemployment figures for May show that 22 percent of women filed for unemployment while only 19 percent of men did. And experts say it has been so, with more women than men unemployed, since the start of the pandemic.

In fact, in October, the unemployment rate for women was higher than that for men in all but 12 of the state’s 67 counties.

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To make matters worse, daycares don’t pay very well, so open daycares can’t find people to work. The hope is that when the state fully reopens, more child care will be available.

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