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Obama’s Gender Gap

Today’s Jobs Report Clearly Shows That Obamanomics Is Leaving Women Behind 

“On Friday, April 6, President Obama Will Deliver Remarks At The White House Forum On Women And The Economy…” (Press Release, “White House Hosts Forum On Women And The Economy,” The White House, 4/4/12)

ANOTHER MONTH BRINGS ANOTHER DISAPPOINTING JOBS REPORT THAT ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH

Hiring Slowed Dramatically In March, Clouding Optimism About The Strength Of The Recovery.” (Annalyn Censky, “March Jobs Report: Hiring Slows, Unemployment Falls,” CNN Money, 4/6/12)

Today’s Jobs Report Is “A Reminder That The U.S. Economy May Not Be Growing Fast Enough To Sustain Robust Job Growth.”  “Employers pulled back sharply on hiring last month, a reminder that the U.S. economy may not be growing fast enough to sustain robust job growth. The unemployment rate dipped, but mostly because more Americans stopped looking for work. The rate dropped because fewer people searched for jobs.” (Paul Wiseman, “US Economy Adds 120K Jobs, Jobless Rate At 8.2 Percent,” The Associated Press, 4/6/12)

  • “The Report Could Prove Tough For President Obama’s Re-Election Campaign, As The Economy Remains A Top Concern For Voters.” “The report could prove tough for President Obama’s re-election campaign, as the economy remains a top concern for voters. Any perception that economic growth is being stifled could hurt Obama, who’s struggled to keep his approval ratings above 50 percent.” (Vicki Needham, “Job Report Misses Expectations,” The Hill, 4/6/12)

Since President Obama Took Office, The Nation Has Lost 740,000 Jobs And The Unemployment Rate Has Increased From 7.8 Percent To 8.2 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

  • Including 161,000 Private Sector Jobs, 1,007,000 Construction Jobs, And 624,000 Manufacturing Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

The Unemployment Rate Has Remained Above Eight Percent For A Record 38 Straight Months. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

The Average Duration Of Unemployment Has Nearly Doubled From 19.9 Weeks To 39.4 Weeks. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

There Are Currently 865,000 Unemployed Workers That Have Given Up Looking For Work. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

  • The Number Of Workers Not In The Labor Force Reached An All-Time High Of 87,897,000. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)
  • Jim Pethokoukis: “10.9%: The Unemployment Rate If The US Labor Force Participation Rate Was Where It Was When Obama Took Office.” (Jim Pethokoukis, Twitter, 4/6/12)

The Real Unemployment Rate, Including Those That Are Working Part-Time Due To Economic Reasons, Is 14.5 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

There Are Currently 12,673,000 Unemployed Workers. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

Fed Chair Ben Bernanke: The Job Market Remains “Far From Normal.” “Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke headed to Capitol Hill Wednesday to give Congress his semi-annual report on the economy, and what he had to say wasn’t exactly rosy. The job market remains ‘far from normal,’ household income is flat and access to credit remains too tight for many people, he said.” (Annalyn Censky, “Bernanke: Job Market ‘Fall From Normal,’” CNN Money, 2/29/12)

WHITE HOUSE FORUMS WON’T DISTRACT FROM THE FACTS: WOMEN AREN’T FARING WELL IN THE OBAMA ECONOMY

Since Obama Took Office, The Unemployment Rate For Women Has Increased From 7.0 Percent To 8.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

  • Since The Stimulus Was Passed, The Unemployment Rate For Women Has Increased From 7.3 Percent To 8.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

Since Obama Took Office, The Number Of Female Employees Has Declined By 683,000. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

The Female Labor Force Participation Rate Fell In March From 57.9 Percent To 57.7 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

  • The Number Of Women Not In The Labor Force In March Increased From 52.8 Million To 53.1 Million.  (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 4/6/12)

 “The Poverty Rate Among Women Rose To 14.5 Percent Last Year, Up From 13.9 Percent In 2009—The Highest Rate In 17 Years.” (Leslie Bennetts, “Women: The Invisible Poor,” The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)

  • The Extreme Poverty Rate – Income Below Half Of Federal Poverty Line – Is The Highest Ever Recorded Among Women. “The ‘extreme poverty rate’ among women was the highest ever recorded, climbing to 6.3 percent in 2010 from 5.9 percent in 2009. ‘Extreme poverty’ means that your income is below half of the federal poverty line—and by 2010, more than 7.5 million women had fallen into that dire category.” (Leslie Bennetts, “Women: The Invisible Poor,” The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)

In 2010, 17 Million Women Lived In Poverty, Compared To 12.6 Million Men. “What all those statistics add up to is that more than 17 million women were living in poverty last year, compared with 12.6 million men. As usual, things were worse for older women; twice as many women over 65 were living in poverty, compared with men.” (Leslie Bennetts, “Women: The Invisible Poor,” The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)

  • The Poverty Rate Is 25.6 Percent For Black Women And 25 Percent For Hispanic Women. “And those numbers just represented the population-wide average. For Hispanic and black women, the poverty rate increased even faster and rose higher—to 25 percent for Hispanic women and to 25.6 percent for black women.” (Leslie Bennetts, “Women: The Invisible Poor,” The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)
  • More Than 40 Percent Of Single Mothers Live In Poverty. “As usual, single mothers are having the hardest time of all. More than 40 percent of women who head families are now living in poverty. With more than half of poor children living in female-headed families in 2010, the child poverty rate jumped to 22 percent.” (Leslie Bennetts, “Women: The Invisible Poor,” The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)

The Failure Of Obamanomics Could “Put A Dent” In Female Support For Obama

“Women Aren’t Faring As Well As Other Groups In The Job Market’s Recovery And That Could Put A Dent Into Their Support For President Obama.”  (Vicki Needham, “Slower Job Growth For Women Voters Could Cost Obama In Election,” The Hill’s “On The Money,” 3/25/12)

Democrats’ Advantage Among Women Is Narrowing. “While Democrats have charged that the Republican position amounts to a ‘war on women,’ the poll indicates that they aren’t benefiting from it in respondents’ perceptions of the two parties. The survey also suggests that the advantage Democrats have historically enjoyed among women may have narrowed.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Republicans Losing On Birth Control As 77% In Poll Spurn Debate,” Bloomberg, 3/14/12)

  • This Is “Despite A Significant Outreach Effort To Female Voters.” “Despite a significant outreach effort to female voters and Democratic accusations of a GOP ‘war on women,’ a new Bloomberg poll shows Obama losing ground among women from his 2008 vote share.” (Byron Tau, “Poll: Obama Down Among Female Voters From 2008 Results,” Politico’s “44,” 3/14/12)

Only 37 Percent Of Married Woman Would Vote For Obama. “Now look at what married women say: 56 percent said they would vote for Romney, and only 37 percent for Obama, with virtually no change from January to February.” (Matt Negrin, “Put A Ring On It: Obama Wins Women, But Not The Married Kind,” ABC News’ “OTUS,” 4/3/12)

49 Percent Of Women Would Support Obama In The Election, Down From 56 Percent In 2008. “Forty-nine percent of women say they would choose Obama over Romney, the front-runner in delegates in the Republican primary, compared with 45 percent who say they’d pick the former Massachusetts governor. In 2008, Obama won 56 percent of the women’s vote to 43 percent for the Republican nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona, according to national exit polls.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Republicans Losing On Birth Control As 77% In Poll Spurn Debate,” Bloomberg, 3/14/12)