09.19.1312:41 PM ET

More Jobs, for Less Pay

“I can’t be picky.”

For women 20 years and older, unemployment rates are at their lowest since December 2008, hovering at 6.3 percent. But many employed women are working in lower-paying industries, including retail, leisure, and hospitality. From 2009 to 2012, more than half of female hires were for jobs that paid less than $10.10 per hour. Of the 125,000 jobs women gained last month, only 24,000 were in professional and business services. Most of these jobs were part-time. As Stephen Bronars, senior economist at Welch Consulting in Washington, noted, for women in their 20s “the economy hasn’t really picked up enough to get all of them into full-time work.” George Washington University senior Alexandra Allmand acknowledged this reality, saying that when it comes to jobs and internships, “I can’t be picky.”