Sources for Bad News:

From Sue White, Princeton University Library

I suspect that Women’s Studies and other reference / research librarians will now be asked about economic matters, perhaps more-so than we have before.

Therefore, I thought it might be helpful to remind WSS readers of several sources which count women’s numbers on the raw side of the economy — as represented in Poverty and Unemployment

Gender specific counts for both Poverty and Unemployment in the U.S. can be found on the following pages: Both current figures — January for unemployment, for example, and some ten years or more in historical counts. Women are — I think the term is “over-represented” – having more than the overall percentages of females, in the poverty category, while a representing a smaller percentage than men in the unemployed.

Read on.


From U.S. Census Bureau,

Current Population Survey

“Poverty in the U.S.:”


Overall from: U.S., Bureau of Labor Statistics

“Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey”

Especially recent details

From Bureau of Labor Statistics,

NEWS Friday February 6, 2009

“The Unemployment Situation January 2009” :