More than half of the economy's new jobs went to women last month, led by services, leisure and hospitality employers, according to government data released Friday. The Institute for Women's Policy Research crunched the numbers for February and found that women gained 55,000 jobs in professional and business services, another 24,000 jobs in education and health services, and 14,000 jobs in leisure and hospitality.
On the retail side of things, part of the rise in women's employment could be driven by the increasing business focus on high-end purchases. (For the wealthy, the recession is long over.) As the LA Times' Tiffany Hsu reported in December, luxury - though not gaudy - brands such as Kors, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade are seeing impressive sales via customers who are "sick of curbing their spending but still wary of an uncertain economy."