U.S. labor shock from pandemic hit women of color hardest; will it persist?

By Howard Schneider

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the positive turns that the U.S. economy took during a decade-long recovery through 2019 was a steady rise in the share of women looking for work and working.

Women’s labor force participation had declined in 2007-2009 during the Great Recession, and many economists had worried that would become permanent, weighing on growth overall as women kept their skills and efforts off the table.

When women’s participation started climbing around 2015, particularly for Blacks and Latinas, it helped boost growth and likely was a force behind the increases in household income that also began around then.

(Graphic: Labor force participation among women – https://graphics.reuters.com/GREAT-REBOOT/DATA/gjnpwjowbvw/chart.png)

The coronavirus has seized back those gains, and sparked another debate over whether reduced participation will persist.

(Graphic: Women’s labor force participation, post pandemic – https://graphics.reuters.com/GREAT-REBOOT/DATA/xlbpgjxoxvq/chart.png)

Recessions typically fall hardest on racial and ethnic minorities, due to bias as

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Groom helps pick wedding dress in Say Yes to the Dress Lancashire, despite Gok Wan’s shock

  • Gok Wan exclaims ‘What you doing here?!’ at the groom in Say Yes To The Dress
  • Bride-to-be Lisa says she wants fiancé Steve there, after suffering health scare
  • The penultimate episode of Say Yes To The Dress Lancashire airs 9pm on TLC

Gok Wan is in for a shock in tonight’s Say Yes To The Dress Lancashire when an unlikely member of the bride’s entourage arrives to help the pick her dream wedding dress. 

Usually it’s considered unlucky for grooms to see the bride’s dress before the big day, so Gok is taken aback as bride-to-be Lisa’s fiancé Steve walks through the doors of the Ava Rose Hamilton boutique. 

Viewers will see the moment super stylist Gok shouts ‘What Are You Doing Here?!’ at the groom, in the penultimate episode of the series, airing tonight on TLC at 9pm.

And it’s not long before tensions arise among the bridal party,

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