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Why government job cuts are hitting women hard

The U.S. public sector is still bleeding jobs--and that's bad news for women. Since the recovery started in 2009, governments have cut almost 650,000 jobs, according to the most recent Labor Department report. Many of those positions--from teachers to local-government staff--are disproportionately held by women. The National Women's Law Center calculated that for every 10 women who have landed a private-sector job in the recovery, four women in the public sector have lost a job. That's compared with a ratio of 10 to 1 for men. Meanwhile, women's education and experience are less likely to match openings in growth areas like...

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