Women Didn’t Lose Almost All The Jobs Under Obama

Last month, the Mitt Romney presidential campaign decided to defend itself on claims that a Romney presidency would hurt women by alleging that the Obama administration has already hurt women.† Their favorite new talking point?† That “90 percent of the jobs lost under President Obama belonged to women.”

It turned out that the numbers were fudged a bit to make them say what the GOP wanted them to say, but they were still based on factual numbers, just with the timeline jimmied to provide the result the Republicans wanted.† Or so we thought.

Now, it turns out that the numbers themselves were incorrect, too.† Broner’s Economics reports now that the basic data in the Bureau of Labor and Statistics must have had a technical glitch. “Although I am not sure about how the BLS discovered their error, I believe I have an explanation.† Alan Robinson of the Direct Communications Group (@CEP_Observer) didnít believe the numbers in my April blog post (three weeks ago) about womenís job losses at the US Postal Service.† After I sent him the data I used and a link to the BLS website, Alan still didnít believe the data.† His inquiries to the BLS caused their economists and statisticians to take a closer look at the data, which uncovered the apparent errors.”

The Bureau has admitted its mistake and is pulling the data until it can be fixed, saying, “BLS staff discovered data-processing errors that occurred during the November 2009ĖApril 2012 period and resulted in an incorrect ratio of women employees to all employees. Correcting these errors will increase the number of women employees but does not affect total employment levels. Series of women employees were removed for the U.S. Postal Service, federal government, government, service-providing, and total nonfarm.”

Do what does that do to Romney’s claim?† A lot.† There’s not a clear picture yet, but based on other data, Broner’s reports that rather than the alleged 90 percent of jobs lost belonging to women, like the campaign claims, the number is really somewhere around 56 percent.

That’s quite a big difference.

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J C Bro
J C Brou5 years ago


Arild Warud

Politicians are willing to say and promise whatever it takes to get elected.

Von C.
Von D5 years ago

All politicians lie. The Democrats can't seem to tell the real story of un-employment numbers, Obama can't seem to be able to land on one simple story line for his life and none of them will admit they are taking their orders from corporations instead of the people who hired them. They are all lawyers, if their mouths are moving they are lying.

Carrie H.
Carrie H5 years ago

well 56 rounds up to 60, and they will use it.

Jennifer P.
Jennifer P5 years ago

Generally when I see statistics presented in sound bites by Republicans, *especially** ones that are so drastic (like 90% of jobs were lost by women) I **ignore them** because they are based on manipulated statistics. Super manipulated and massaged into the numbers they want to project and present to benefit them.

Honestly, think of the number of people that were interviewed on TV in the last few years about their dried up retirement funds, their search for a legitimate job in their area, loss of health insurance, and so forth - how many of them were women? Look at the stock video footage of unemployment lines on the news- 90% female, I don't think so!!

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Romney is a very accomplished liar. Of course, it helps to have no conscience.

Sue H.
Sue H5 years ago

When caught in a blatant lie, shouldn't you be admonished??? No votes for incumbents!!!

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

Women have lost many jobs since more women work in state jobs than men and those job loses were brought to them courtesy of the Austerity Republican Party. Hows that small government working for us?

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Cheri L.
Cheri L5 years ago

Jamie C, only when we the people take back our personal power will anything improve. To assume that giving our power to a group of dems or repubs will improve our lot is ludicrous. Stop watching major media for truthful news because they are beholden to their advertisers not their viewers. The economy is stagnant because Bush put a last minute Wall Street bailout through and they are refusing to loan the money out.to those who would move the economy. If we would focus on locally made quality goods instead of wasting our money on masses of cheap junk, our money would stay here and boost the economy. I buy locally whenever possible and often go without unless it is a real need if I can't buy American.