While the recession caused men to lose more net jobs than women, it appears that men are benefiting disproportionately from the economic recovery: according to the New York Times' charts, recent job growth has fallen across an economic divide, with women holding only 30 percent of the 5.3 million jobs added since the recession.
For the first time since the 1950s, the trend of women holding an ever-increasing portion of jobs has stalled. Fewer women over 20 are currently working than were working at the bottom of the recession; 56.6 percent of 20+ year-old women had jobs last month, compared to 67.6 percent of similarly-aged men. Middle-aged women are doing particularly poorly, the 45-to-54 age group seeing the sharpest decline in employment patterns. The Pew Research Center reported that women were the only group studied whose job growth lagged behind population growth between 2009 and 2011.