Thursday, June 16, 2011

Where women really are working

Via a WSJ article from the other day ("Where women are working") I learn of a McKinsey report on women in the workforce.  What I have mentioned a few times recently, and was news to me is that employed women now outnumber employed men locally. Seems like huge news to me, but maybe I am just slow and everyone knew that already.... but it really is just a recent shift in the context of the long term history where we were perpetually an outlier in the other direction. 

Of course... if Marcellus Shale is half as big as some want to believe, we may shift back given the labor force patterns there.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

Ah, but aren't we expecting Marcellus to create more jobs indirectly than directly?

If so, the gender effect may be significantly moderated.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Yup, all those CDL drivers are women I hear.

Proably not.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:57:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

"It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford...."

Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:33:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

I'm thinking of all the lawyers I know doing land deals.

Friday, June 17, 2011 7:41:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

"It's a girl, my Lord, in a modestly decorated functional office suite..."

Friday, June 17, 2011 8:52:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Yinz keep asking how the gas biz is impacting airport numbers. here's an article from the Scranton paper showing a dramatic impact there.

Friday, June 17, 2011 1:17:00 PM  
Blogger Amos_thePokerCat said...

Marcellus Shale will probably make the biggest impact outside of all urban MSAs in PA's vast numerous and depopulating rural countries.

The WSJ had lots of clues for PIT's high % of female employment.

States where women have more education, on average, tend to have higher rates of female employment ...

I suspect that is true.

... some states may have a higher concentration of female-friendly industries, such as education, services and health care.

PIT == female friendly service industry central

States with younger populations, including higher proportions of immigrant families, are likely to have lower female workforce participation rates ...

Of course, we are the inverse of that. Older population. Less immigrants. Hey, higher female participation.

Some states may offer enough high-paying jobs for men that more wives can afford to stay home, ...

Clearly, another inverse. It is all hands on deck with pay below national averages in PIT. No one can afford to stay at home.

There there is the high wage long distance commuting. I have run into tons of guy flying/driving out of state on a weekly/biweekly basis because of better employment opportunities leaving the wife to take care of the kids and lawn.

Saturday, June 18, 2011 7:58:00 PM  

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