Tue., July 21, 2009 2:21pm (EDT)

Recession Is a "He-cession"
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Labor Commissioner Thurmond tells men to look for work in healthcare and education.
Labor Commissioner Thurmond tells men to look for work in healthcare and education.
Labor officials say men should look for work in traditionally female-oriented industries if they want to survive the recession.

In Georgia, men have been hit hardest by this recession. That’s according to a new study by the Georgia Department of Labor.

Commissioner Michael Thurmond is calling the economic downturn a "he-cession" or "man-cession." He says that's because men are losing the most jobs and receiving the most unemployment benefits.

"The recession has focused on construction and manufacturing which were two industries dominated by men," says Thurmond. "Consequently the downturn in real estate and manufacturing has had a devastating impact on Georgia men."

Thurmond says this is not just a recession. It’s a restructuring of the economy and men should explore non-traditional career paths like healthcare and education where jobs are growing.

Nationwide, 80 percent of people who have lost their jobs this recession are men.