We are all feeling the effects of the recession in our current economy. But it appears than men may be hurt more than women. Statistics are indicating that “for the first time in American history women are coming close to representing the majority of the national work force.” How is that possible?
One measure is statistics compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. in June 2009 “women held 49.83 percent of all nonfarm payroll jobs.”
Another measure is the government household survey which measures the unemployment rate. This figure is based on “the total number of people without work and looking for jobs, as a percentage of the overall labor force. In most months, since 1948 when this measurement began, the unemployment rate for women has been higher that that for men. But for the last 32 consecutive months, the unemployment rate has been higher for men.
Why is this happening? One explanation is that men and women tend to work in different types of jobs. Women tend to work in more recessoin proof industries as education and health care while more men work in industries that have more swings according to the economy, such as construction and manufacturing. The Mancession
What does this mean for the daily life of the average American couple? A man without a job, without a source ofr income, without a sense of being productive is not a happy housemate. No matter how caring and loving his intimate partner behaves toward him, he will be hard pressed to remain his old jovial, loving self. And if he had tendencies toward depression, self-centeredness, anger and rage while he was earning a substantial income, without that source of sustenance and pride, those emotional demons can be unleashed.
Counselng can certainly help each of the partners in such a stressful situation. However, just when counseling may be most needed, the loss of a job, the steady income, and health insurance, can actually preclude the possibility of attaining adequate counseling. But this is an important time to reach out for assistance. Pride is overrated. Mental health is essential.
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