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Survey: Men bear brunt of job losses worldwide

The global recession has caused more men than women to lose their jobs around the world, following a pattern already well established in the United States, according to research released Friday.

Men held more of the jobs lost in nearly all the nations where executives were surveyed by the Accenture management consulting firm.

In the United States, men held 54 percent of jobs lost. In India, the number was 95 percent; and in France, 71 percent.

"In some cases the majority of the workforce was men, so [mostly] men got impacted," said Accenture's Nellie Borrero. "It could also mean that companies were more vigilant in ensuring that a lot of women would not be impacted."

In the United States, men dominate industries hardest hit by recession, such as heavy manufacturing and construction, while women dominate less hard-hit fields such as health services and education, statistics have shown.

Accenture surveyed 524 senior executives at medium-size to large companies in almost two dozen countries. The survey, conducted between November 2009 and mid-February, asked about layoffs in the preceding year.- Reuters

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