Increased hiring in certain industries, including the hospitality industry, has helped women regain the jobs they lost during the recession. On the other hand, the lack of growth in manufacturing and construction markets has left men 2.1 million jobs short of pre-recession levels.
"It's a segregated labor market, and men and women do work in different industries, and even in different areas within industries," says Heidi Hartmann, an economist and president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research. "We hope, and expect, that men's employment will come back to normal (as the economy strengthens)."

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