Excerpt from article of CareerJournal of the Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2007
Women took on slightly more than half of U.S. jobs created in the first part of the decade and made gains in securing the most lucrative openings.
Women posted a net increase of 1.7 million jobs paying above the median salary, while men gained a net increase of just over 220,000 of such positions, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report for the years 2000-2005.
Overall, men gained 1,804,000 jobs and women 1,996,000, or 52.5% of the total increase, for the period studied.
Women outpaced men in obtaining work that pays in the top quarter of all jobs, primarily positions in the health-care, financial and managerial fields, according to the report. At the end of 2005, 1.1 million more of those jobs were held by women, while 200,000 fewer men held such jobs as widespread layoffs cut manufacturing employment. But the wage gap persists: In 2005, the median weekly pay for women was $486, or 73% of that for men -- $663.
The BLS report by economist Randy Ilg found that from 2000 through 2005, service jobs accounted for the largest portion of the net 3.8 million increase in wage and salary positions...