Women workers have been disproportionately affected by retail sector job losses over the past year, according to new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The Institute notes that women lost 129,000 retail positions in the last year, while men gained 106,000 positions. The report found general-merchandise stores – mainly department stores – accounted for the largest share of both jobs lost and jobs gained. Women at those retailers lost 161,000 positions, while men gained 87,800 from October 2016 to October 2017. At other types of retailers, including auto dealers, garden supply stores and furniture stores, women and men both gained a comparatively small number of jobs. The reasons behind the discrepancy are not clear.
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