- The latest payroll employment data for March show that women were the hardest hit by initial job losses in the COVID-19 labor market; women were 50.0% of payroll employment in February, but represented 58.8% of job losses in March.
- If women’s share of new unemployment insurance (UI) claims in recent weeks was driven solely by sector-level differences in gender composition, then they would have accounted for roughly 45% of new UI claims, or about 6.8 million new claims.
- However, relying solely on the gender composition of sectoral unemployment may lead to an underestimate of new UI claims that were filed by women. Using three states that provide direct estimates of the gender composition of new UI claims shows that the female share of these claims is substantially higher than what we estimate by using only the sectoral composition of employment by gender.
- We estimate that once the over-representation of women with sectors in new layoffs is corrected for, between 7.8 and 8.4 million women filed for unemployment insurance in the three weeks ending April 4. […]
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“Don’t you believe in flying saucers, they ask me? Don’t you believe in telepathy?—in ancient astronauts?—in the Bermuda triangle?—in life after death? ‘No,’ I reply. ‘No, no, no, no, and again no.’ One person recently, goaded into desperation by the litany of unrelieved negation, burst out ‘Don’t you believe in anything?’ ‘Yes,’ I said. ‘I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be’.”
~~Isaac Asimov, The Roving Mind, 1983
At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Paul Ryan’s ‘welfare state,’ everything but tax cuts for the rich:
Here’s a snippet of Rep. Paul Ryan’s closing remarks during the debate on his budget plan:
We don’t want a welfare system that encourages people to stay on welfare. We want them to get back on their feet and lead flourishing, self-sufficient lives. So let’s reform welfare for people who need it, and end it for corporate welfare for people who don’t need it.
Number four. Let’s do the work of lifting this crushing burden of debt from our children.
And there you have it. While you thought welfare was reformed two decades ago and no longer exists for Republicans to beat up on, you were wrong. Basically, everything but tax breaks to the wealthy is welfare. Any domestic spending, welfare. Let’s look at what Ryan is actually slashing, here, what he calls welfare.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Skype socially distanced itself from Greg Dworkin today, but we still got to discuss Biden’s Veepstakes, and that thing people don’t say: Trump could get trounced. Congress’ 12th richest guy ready to make us “reopen.” Trump fake signs virus checks.
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