IWF's Trotter: Women Lose Ground in Obama Economy

Monday, 09 Jun 2014 06:49 PM

By Sean Piccoli

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The U.S. economy under the Obama administration offers little good news to the women who are a mainstay of the president's political support, a gender issues analyst told Newsmax TV on Monday.

Obama "has relied heavily on women to support advancing his agenda," Gayle Trotter, a lawyer and senior fellow with the Independent Women's Forum, told "Midpoint" host Ed Berliner.

At the same time, said Trotter, "the data shows that women are falling back" and "women continue to lose jobs in the Obama economy."

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Trotter cited figures from March showing that another 180,000 women joined the ranks of the unemployed.

"That brings the number of female active job seekers to 4.9 million," said Trotter. "Above that, there are 54.7 million women in this country who do not hold full-time jobs and are not even actively seeking the jobs because the economy is so dismal for them."

Trotter identified a key reason for the difficulty: "Obamacare, which is causing a huge cost on employers." She added: "It's crowding out the ability for employers to hire, specifically women."

Trotter said employers are caught between Obamacare's health-insurance coverage mandates and the scheduling flexibility that women want at work.

Overall, said Trotter, women are getting only about 39 percent of all new jobs in the U.S. economy.

"Women's participation rate in the labor market as a whole is 46.8 percent," she added. "So, women are not even getting their share of the newly created jobs."

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