California Budget Project
First published February 2012
The Great Recession hit California early and hit the state hard. What began as a “mancession” rippled out through the economy, taking a significant toll on California’s women and their families. In fact, this downturn was the first in recent history in which women experienced substantial job loss. Single women supporting families were particularly hard hit: The economic downturn reduced employment for single mothers far more than it did for married parents, and single mothers who remained employed saw the largest decline in their average workweek in at least two decades.