According to a new report by the Rutgers Center for Women and Work, most New Jersey women are back to work, but not necessarily back to normal.
The study analyzed how the pandemic affected child care access, employment and earnings for women in New Jersey. It found that while labor force participation rates are mostly back to normal, more women are cutting back on hours or even moving to part-time jobs that offer more flexibility to care for children or aging parents.
“This is the part of the ‘She-cession’ that no one is talking about,” said Debra Lancaster, executive director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work. “Labor force participation rates among women have largely recovered in New Jersey, but that’s only part of the story. Thousands of women are sacrificing full-time employment, higher wages, health insurance, and other benefits of the flexibility to care for young children and aging parents.”
In producing the 72-page report, researchers found:
“The child care crisis never went away for many low-income families,” said Sarah Small, Rutgers Center for Women and Work economist. “Nearly a quarter of all Black and Hispanic working women cut back on their hours because of child care issues, and 5 to 6% lost their job because of it.”
The researchers also outlined several recommendations to help improve conditions for New Jersey women and their families: