Unemployment Hitting Men Harder

A government report shows layoffs are hitting men harder than women and counselors say they're seeing more men come in for help in trying to deal with losing the bread winner status.

According to that report the jobless rate for men jumped almost 3% percent from December 2007 to December 2008, while the rate for women jumped just over 1.5%. The reason for the gap, the report says the market has been better for jobs typically held by women.

Counselors say the gap has some couples shifting rolls and some men aren't happy with it. Steven Landman, of the Family Counseling Center says, "There is a roll shift in our culture. There are men that I work with who are very angry that there's a roll shift and would much prefer the old fashioned way.

Landman says to take pressure off of your relationship the key is not to be competitive but supportive and work together as a team.


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