Mancession! An Illustrated Analysis

The Great Recession has been rotten for millions of Americans, but it's been particularly rotten for one pretty significant demographic: Men. What is the mancession, how serious is it and what caused it? Here are your answers: In pictures!


The mancession describes the accelerating trend of worse job losses among men. According to AEI scholar Christina Hoff Summer, 80 percent of all job losses in the last two years were among men -- not surprising, considering the implosion of manufacturing and the housing construction bust. As a result, male unemployment has far outpaced female unemployment and given that the fastest growing sectors of health and education are already female-dominated, it's likely the trend won't reverse itself soon. Now, the pictures:

Here's where it came from:
mancessions1.pngHere's how women are about to take over the majority of US payrolls:
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Here's how far the gap has grown:
menminuswomen.pngAnd here's one reason why it's not likely to end soon

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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