Pandemic set women in work force back 20 years, leaders say

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Much has been made in the slow return of people to the workforce, even as the economic impact of COVID slowly fades.

As of now, Kentucky ranks 48th in the size of its labor pool compared to March 2020, about one thousand fewer people than in 2019. While the numbers are slowly coming back, the impact on women has been even harsher and likely more lasting. Part of that is because some of the industries hardest hit by COVID-19 were jobs filled by women.

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ashli Watts highlighted that the number of women in the workforce has dwindled over the past year.

“Looking at the last year, we have lost about 20 years worth of women in the workforce. We are at the numbers that we were at back in the 1990s, and so we do have a ways to go to get those numbers back up,” said Watts.

Many women have found it more difficult to return to the work force because of child care and work schedule issues that impact women more than men. The discussion was one of the topics at the Kentucky Chamber’s first-ever Women’s Summit today.

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