Why did retailers hire more men than women in 2017?
ROSEBURG, Ore. - If you did your holiday shopping in person this year, you might have seen more male than female employees.
According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, between October 2016 and October 2017, women lost out on hundreds of thousands of retail jobs while men have gained about a hundred thousand.
"More men were hired than women, which is a little bit unusual in the recovery," said Dr. Heidi Hartmann from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. "Most of the years, many of the years of the recovery, since 2009, more women have been hired than men."
Hartmann says women might be intimidated applying for positions that sell big ticket items, such as washers and dryers.
"Now, they may be perfectly willing to hire women, but if women go into that store lot, and they see that it's mostly male salesmen, they might not think to apply," Hartmann said.
At South Stephens Appliance in Roseburg, they like to keep things equal.
"I have technicians - they're men - that are mostly out, but inside the store, we're three women and two to three men," said Sara Wheland, co-owner at South Stephens Applicans.
Wheland said retail businesses can benefit by having women on their team.
"If you look at appliances, probably women are the ones using them the most," she said. "So selling them to you might have a little more idea of how to wash clothes and how to cook dinner. Not to say that men don't, but women definitely in our industry have a little bit of an edge."