The recession left many once-vibrant industries on the brink of collapse, thanks to a considerable decline in consumer spending. While downturn affected men and women differently, both genders have seen an increase in the number of jobs added in recent months.

A report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) examined how females have recovered in the years since the recession. The group, which compiled its findings using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found during the three year period ending in June 2012, women have regained 38.7 percent of jobs lost during the recession.

"The recovery is finally reaching women," said Dr. Heidi Hartmann, president of IWPR and a labor economist. "Women got more than one-third of the job gains in the third year of the recovery, much better than their share the previous year, despite the fact that women are bearing the brunt of state and local government cuts," she said.

One sector that has been employing both sexes for quite some time is information technology (IT). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20,400 positions were added in IT departments.

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