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Report: California women struggle with job market, budget cuts

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Even as California crawls out of a damaging recession, the state’s women continue to struggle, according to a new report released Wednesday.

While the employment rate among men has improved, fewer women are working. In addition, cuts to state welfare programs have disproportionately affected women, making it harder for them to work and care for their children.

“Recent cuts have reversed long-standing policies and have left public systems and programs ill-equipped to meet the needs of California’s women who have been hard hit by the Great Recession,” the report said.

The report was issued by the California Budget Project, a left-leaning think tank in Sacramento, and the Women’s Foundation of California.

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Only six in 10 single mothers were working in 2010, the smallest proportion since 1996, the report said.

“The downturn erased all of the employment gains single mothers had made following the implementation of welfare reform,” said Jean Ross, executive director at the California Budget Project.

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— Chris Megerian in Sacramento

Twitter: @chrismegerian


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