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December job losses were exclusively among Black and Latina women

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(WKOW) -- Employers cut 140,000 jobs in December with those job losses falling exclusively to women. Digging Deeper into the data, Black and Latina women lost jobs, while white women gained jobs.

Sabrina Madison, the founder of The Black Women's Progress Center, said the statistics aren't surprising to her. Since the first Stay at Home order was issued in March, she said women have been coming to her for help.

"Folks, just not necessarily knowing whether or not they're going to have jobs to go back to there, tons of folks are experiencing a reduction in hours," Madison said. "Even if they may have something to go back to or more hours, they can't necessarily make it work because their kids may be homeschooled," she said.

Madison said it is a never-ending cycle.

Hours for employees who work in the service, hospitality and health care industries have been drastically cut because of the pandemic. Madison said Black women are typically overrepresented in these industries which is a big reason for why the data is reflecting such significant job loss for them.

According to the Pew Research Center, Black and Latina women typically earn less than white women.

Madison and her team have been working around the clock to help Black women during the pandemic. They've been contributing financially to women helping them pay bills, donating gas cards, connecting them with employers or teaching them to be entrepreneurs.

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