Over half of working women in BC are in one of four industries. These industries were the first to be impacted by job losses, to a greater extent, and for longer. This leaves these women at risk of continued financial instability as COVID-19 pandemic measures continue.
Closures in these four industries led to women in BC losing 60% more jobs in March than men. By April, the effective unemployment rate for women was 28%.
Financial instability from lost hours or reductions in income is impacting women’s health. The longer the period of unemployment, the greater the impact on mental health.