Colorado Department of Labor and Employment finds low numbers of women in the workforce after pandemic


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) — During the pandemic, many women have lost their jobs, and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) is stepping up its efforts to help those looking.

According to the CDLE, female-dominated industries (e.g. retail, health, education, personal care services, and parts of leisure and hospitality) have suffered heavier losses during the pandemic. .

“First of all, women are the backbone of most of their families,” says Kathy Ford of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “When they also closed the schools, someone had to come home and take care of the children, and usually 90 per cent of the time it will be the woman who comes home to take care of the children.”

The CDLE Labor Market Information Office says the industries listed above accounted for more than two-thirds of the total jobs lost in March and April 2020.

National data says about 1.1 million women have left the labor force during the pandemic, accounting for 63% of all jobs lost. The Department of Labor and Employment says data shows it has taken longer for women’s participation in the labor force to recover. Leaders say that in March 2022, the labor force recovery rate for both men and women is more than 98% compared to what it was before the pandemic in February 2020.

As of 2021 in Colorado, the CDLE indicates that the recovery in the employment-to-population ratio is weaker for women of color. The information is as follows:

White women, EPOP 2021 vs. 2019 = 95.1%

Hispanic women = 89.2%

Black women = 74.8%

As the pandemic takes a new direction, CDLE tells 11 News that now is the time for women and veterans to re-enter the workforce.

“We want to make sure we’re helping women get back to what they want to do, whether that’s supporting them at home or supporting them at work,” says Ford.

The CDLE is hosting a virtual career fair for women and female veterans on Tuesday, May 10.

The job fair is virtual and people who attend will be able to connect with employers who are hiring. Attendees will also be able to learn about learning opportunities, mental health and childcare resources, how changes in employment affect benefits such as TANF and SNAP, claims for VA disability and financial planning, to name a few.

“The main thing we do is provide them with support in the workplace. If there are tools they need to find a job, if there is help they might need.

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays. You must register to participate in the job fair and you can do so by click here.

Some of the participating companies include:



Colorado Department of Transportation

Denver Public Schools

Los Alamos National Laboratories

Pearl Brooch Supply

RK mechanics

Wilber-Ellis Society

For all other information regarding the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Click here.

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