From 2009 to early 2012, 88% of new, non-agricultural job positions in the United States were filled by men. Analysts noted that many of the new jobs were in industries traditionally dominated by female employees, such as retail. Explanations for the gap include the fact that men suffered greater job losses during the US economic recession and thus returned to work in greater numbers than women. Other analysts noted that, during the recession, there were employment cuts in fields such as healthcare and education, which often employ women.
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