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By The Associated PressMore than 1.3 million American women worked at least part of the past year, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC survey, which asked 1,000 women their hours of work in the past three months, found that women in this demographic make up more than one-third of those working in the health care field.
The survey found that the number of women who said they worked full-time rose from 6.7 million in January 2014 to 7.9 million in March of this year.
The increase was driven by women in the 25 to 54 age group.
Among the occupations most impacted by the surge in work hours are nursing assistants, social workers and personal care aides, according the CDC.
Women who work full- time in nursing or social work, for example, are almost twice as likely to work part-time as women who work part time in personal care, according data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Allied Health.
The number of working moms also jumped from 3.4 million in 2014 to 4.5 million in 2015.
And the number working in family medicine, including physician assistants, registered nurses, nurses and physician assistants has nearly doubled.
The rise in women working in this specialty is one of the reasons why some physicians and hospitals have been forced to close or scale back, said Dr. Mary Ann Nocera, who chairs the American College of Physicians’ Institute of Medicine Working Mothers Advisory Board.
The trend is the result of a lack of opportunities, she said.
“We’ve got this issue of an increased number of moms working part time because the workforce is growing, and they’re not going to have the kind of full–time hours that we need,” Nocara said.
The CDC survey found about 17 percent of working mothers worked part- time or did not have full- or part-day schedules.
And women who do have full time schedules work about 12 percent less hours than their counterparts who work half or full time.
The report did not find evidence of a gender pay gap for the nursing industry, which employs about 8.3 percent of the U.S. population.
That compares with 9.7 percent in medical schools and 9.3 for dentistry, the study found.
But it did find that women are paid less than men in nursing and social work.
More than one in four working moms say they worked part time to help support their families.
In addition, some women who have a baby on the way or who are nursing parents said they were working part- or full-days to help pay bills.
The new study also found that working moms are also being pushed out of their jobs by rising medical costs and a changing job market.
The cost of living has been increasing, particularly for lower-income women, and there are fewer places for women to work in hospitals, the survey found.
That trend is likely a result of the recession, which has had a disproportionately negative impact on low-wage jobs.
More than 3.6 million American men lost their jobs in March 2015, the CDC reported.
That figure is likely to double over the next several years, according an analysis of data from a group of academics.
The growing numbers of working women in particular also may be part of a broader problem of an undervalued, under-compensated workforce, said Barbara Poma, who directs the Institute for Health Policy Research at Rutgers University.
More and more people are being drawn into the health-care industry because the wages are lower, the pay is lower and the benefits are lower than before the recession hit, she wrote in a recent paper.
The problem is compounded by the rise in the number and types of insurance plans offered, which have led to a significant shift of the work force away from the public sector to the private sector, Poma said.
She said she worries that as the economy continues to recover, the medical workforce may be more vulnerable to shifts in the cost of health care.
In addition, there is a lack the diversity of the health workforce, she added.
Women are underrepresented in the workforce, and if the economy is going to recover from the recession it is going the other way, she noted.