Report: Men getting jobs faster than women in California

7:10 PM, Feb 1, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - As California inches out of the Great Recession, the state's women, particularly single mothers, are still struggling.

A new report called "Falling Behind" reveals men are finding jobs at a faster rate than women, giving a new name to the economic recovery.

"We've moved into, what some of the pundits are calling, the 'He-Covery,' where men are getting jobs back but we've seen women's employment stall," California Budget Project Jean Ross said.

Women's Foundation of California, which funded the report, thinks it's important to get more female lawmakers in office to improve the situation, but after the November election, fewer than one-quarter of the Legislature is expected to be women.

The report also said that continued deep budget cuts to the safety net leave women in an even worse position; job training and cash grants have been slashed, making it harder to gain new skills while raising kids.

After couch surfing for eight years, with friends and family, Tasha Guzman finally has subsidized housing.

The mother of two doesn't need a report to tell her how tough the recession and budget cuts have been.

"They could tax the rich people and leave us poor people alone because we're just getting poorer," Mother from Hayward Tasha Guzman said. "It's not fair to us."

It could get worse, as Gov. Jerry Brown proposed even deeper cuts to programs like welfare and subsidized childcare, which are parts of the budget that can be legally reduced.

The report points out that the state expects women to get off welfare faster when there are no jobs.

"Obviously, that's the only thing to cut," Gov. Jerry Brown said on Jan. 5. "If there were more bad programs or lower-valued programs, we'd cut those. We can't spend what we don't have."

Daniela Scally is playing by all the rules, having moved off welfare and working. But with community college tuition rising and her subsidized childcare on the chopping block, the mother of three fears the worst, being homeless.

"I can't imagine looking my kids in the face and tell them, 'Sorry, but you don't have your bed anymore and you don't have your house anymore,'" Scally said through tears.

Nannett Miranda


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