Since February 2010, the U.S. manufacturing industry, which appeared to be in a terminal decline for more than 30 years, has added more than 554,000 jobs to the workforce, according to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.
However, in that same time frame, men have gained 565,000 jobs in the sector and women lost 11,000 jobs, lowering female representation in the sector to 27 percent, the lowest it\’s been since 1971, according to the Joint Economic Committee\’s Manufacturing Jobs for the Future report, which was released Tuesday.
Showing the recent increase in jobs in the industry Bureau of Labor Statistics
The under-representation of women in American manufacturing is also underscored by another recent study. Female participation in the manufacturing sector has been primarily in the office and administration sector, where they hold 62 percent of positions, and sales, where they hold 35 percent of jobs, according to the Women in Manufacturing report released in May 2013. Men, on the other hand, dominate most sectors within the industry, primarily in natural resources, construction and maintenance, where they hold 93.5 percent of all jobs.
Shows a 20 year decline of female share of manufacturing jobs, but in 2013 it has dropped below 1971 levels. Bureau Of Labor Statistics
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