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The Los Angeles Times reports that "for the first time since the recession began, the unemployment rate for adult women surpassed that for adult men, indicating that while the U.S. might have been a 'mancession,' it also appears to be experiencing a 'mancovery'.

"The unemployment rate for women 20 years and older rose to 7.3% in December, from 7% the month before. Unemployment for men of the same age remained at 7.2% in December."

According to the story, "Women occupy about two-thirds of public sector jobs," and "the persistently high unemployment rate for women is likely a result of the large cuts in state and local governments that have come over the last year as lawmakers slashed jobs to close budget gaps. The economy lost 13,000 government jobs from November to December, and has lost 68,000 since December 2011 ... As the government struggles to come to agreement on how best to handle the deficit, there will likely be more government jobs on the chopping block. That could be bad news for the 5.1 million women, aged 20 and over, who are still out of work."
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