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Stubborn Men Are Unwilling to Adapt In a Changing Economy

" While millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost over the last decade, jobs in health, education and services have been added in about the [...]

While millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost over the last decade, jobs in health, education and services have been added in about the same numbers. The job categories projected to grow over the next decade include nursing, home health care and child care. Of the 15 categories projected to grow the fasted by 2016 – among them sales, teaching, accounting, custodial services and customer service – 12 are dominated by women. These are not necessarily the most desirable or highest-paying jobs. Bu they do provide a reliable source of employment and a ladder up to the middle class. It used to be that in working-class America, men earned significantly more than women. Now in that segment of the population, the gap between me and women is shrinking faster than in any other, according to June Carbone, an author of “Red Families v. Blue Families.”

In Alexander City, while the men were struggling, women either continued on with their work or found new jobs as teachers, secretaries or nurses or in the service industry. Like many states, Alabama has cut government services over the last few years, but the jobs that remain are relatively stable, Sumner said. More important than the particular jobs available, which are always in flux, is a person’s willingness to adapt to a changing economy. These days that usually requires going to college or getting some job retraining, which women are generally more willing to do. Two-thirds of the students at the local community college are women, which is fairly typical of the gender breakdown in community colleges throughout the country.

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Publication Date: 15/12/2016
Source: Elle
Author: Sady Doyle
Publication Date: 30/08/2012
Source: The New York Times
Author: Hannah Rosin