10/11/15, "US women fall behind in jobs market," FT.com, Sam Fleming in Washington
"The aging population explains a chunk of the departures from the
labour force, but dismal numbers among individuals aged 25-54 point to
other forces at work. Among prime-age men, only Italy and Israel have
lower participation rates among 34 countries tracked by the OECD.
Gary Burtless at the Brookings Institution think-tank said lower
levels of participation are apparent among the least-skilled men, which
could reflect changes in the nature of the jobs on offer, as well as the
recent downturn, when there was heavy attrition in sectors such as
construction. Women have also suffered, in part because of public sector
job cuts, he added."...