Interesting tidbit: Women are better off in recessions


Men more likely to lose jobs during hard times

The facts don't lie: Fewer women than men are being let go from their jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the February unemployment rate for women 25 and older was 7 percent. For men, respectively, it was 8.8 percent. Never, in the 61 years BLS has monitored the data, has there been such a disparity. But does gender really play a part in job security? Yes and no.

While no job is completely recession-proof, there is a hierarchy. Careers that provide necessities, such as education and healthcare, are more resilient to a down economy, whereas industries such as construction or manufacturing are less so according to a Yahoo! hotjobs story. It just so happens that women are concentrated in the recession-resistant careers, says Laurence Shatkin, career information expert and author of 150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs, while men seem to dominate more vulnerable jobs.

Another possibility for the discrepancy is attitude. In the same hotjobs story, J.T. O'Donnell, a New Hampshire-based career strategist and founder of, says women are more likely to be flexible when it comes to work. Plus, they tend to focus on building relationships-an essential for keeping clients in a slow economy.

Regardless of your sex, you can increase your job security. You've already done the first step by picking a career in veterinary healthcare. Now all you need to do is continue to focus on your client relations.

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