At the beginning of the recession, both men and women experienced an unemployment rate of about 5 percent. But the male unemployment rate shot up to 11.4 percent in October 2009, while the female unemployment rate only rose to 8.8 percent.
Women were initially protected from the kind of mass layoffs seen in male-dominated fields, because they tend to hold stable and good jobs in education, local government and health care. However, after the recession dragged on and government revenue started to dip, women also lost their jobs because of local government cutbacks.
An analysis by the National Women's Law Center in September 2012 found that since the economic recovery began in June 2009, job losses in the public sector wiped out 45 percent of women's labor market progress. That is, while women gained 999,000 private sector jobs, they lost 450,000 positions in the public sector.
While the phrase mancession may seem to be a good thing for women, the true picture is more nuanced. Both men and women suffered because of the Great Recession.