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This story originally appeared on Business Insider
Back-to-school season is tough enough on working parents. This year, it’s devastating — and for one group in particular.
According to the newest count from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, married women lost almost one million jobs in September. Meanwhile, married men lost nearly 800,000 jobs, and both single men and women steadily earned jobs back.
“This month the number of women leaving the labor market was larger than total job gains,” economist Michael Madowitz wrote for the Center for American Progress. “Women’s employment has taken an unprecedented hit in this recession, with economists fearing a lost generation of mothers.”
The statement echoes what Betsey Stevenson, an economics professor at the University of Michigan, previously told the New York Times: “We