This report was inspired by the 2020 Jobs Outlook report released in 2012. The Women's Fund, through its work on women's economic selfsufficiency, saw the need to explore the job predictions in the context of gender. A common stumbling block to self-sufficiency that has been raised across the country is the proportion of women in low-wage jobs. Our intent with this report is to shine a light on the fact that, based on current trends, job growth in our region is not likely to result in uniform prosperity for both genders.
If we do not take steps to change these trends we can imagine the picture that will emerge for so many working women -- especially single mothers. When women remain in poverty, their families remain in poverty -- ultimately impacting educational success, health outcomes and the likelihood of generational poverty.
You will see in this report that women are clustered in low-wage jobs that result in continued reliance on work support programs. Although there will be significant job growth in many of these female-dominated categories, they fall well below the income needed to cover a family's basic needs.
We also intend this report to be a tool to help our community succeed with the key initiative of ensuring that 90% of our workforce is gainfully employed by 2020. To succeed in this goal, we will need to create a significant shift in the current state of women's employment.