According to the analysis, 309,000 women ages 20 and above exited the workforce completely last month. The group called the number the biggest dive in women's labor force participation since September 2020, when over 800,000 women left the workforce.
At the same time, the unemployment rate for women dipped in September. An NWLC spokesperson announced on Monday that the drop was probably driven by the notable number of women that exited the labor force last month, meaning "they are no longer employed nor looking for employment."
A closer look at the racial breakdown of women's unemployment numbers last month revealed glaring disparities.
More than 7.3 percent of Black women at least 20 and older were unemployed last month, a small dip from the 7.9 percent reported the month prior.
During the same time frame, the unemployment rate among white women went from 4.2 percent to 3.7 percent, marking the disproportionate burden Black women are facing in the pandemic labor market
Similarly, data showed that unemployment declined among Latinas in the same age group from 6 percent to 5.6 percent throughout the same period.
The unemployment rate among Asian women lowered from August to September from 4.2 percent to 3.4 percent.
Overall, the NWLC explained that the unemployment rate for women 20 and over was 4.2 percent last month, down from 4.8 percent month before. The unemployment rate for men was 5 percent in September, 0.4 percentage points lower than in August.
"Several factors are making this economic crisis particularly rough for women workers. Women are overrepresented in industries hardest hit by the pandemic, including retail, hospitality, health care, and the public sector," the NWLC said.
"Women are also more likely to hold caregiving responsibilities, and the country continues to endure a shortage of child care workers and available child care slots worsened by the poverty-level wages child care workers are given for their vital service," the group continued.
The group announced that women lost a net 26,000 jobs in September, notwithstanding 194,000 jobs being added to the economy last month.
The numbers come more than a year after the Bureau of Labor Statistics published data revealing that women's employment rate had surpassed their male counterparts in December 2019, only months before the pandemic hit the U.S.
Although, the NWLC told The Hill on Monday that the "normal" that existed before the pandemic was "not sustainable for millions of working women, particularly Black, brown, and immigrant women, single mothers, and women with disabilities."