Women poised to dominate U.S. work force: Will there be more househusbands?


The show

"Househusbands of Hollywood"

on the Fox Reality Channel features five men who stay at home while their mates bring home the bacon. Among the househusbands are a former Los Angeles Dodgers player raising two pre-teen girls, a former sitcom star who isn't actually married and has no children, and an actor/producer/ex-bank robber with a baby.

All the men came to their stay-at-home status in different ways -- one quit med school to pursue acting -- but they illustrate a broader trend happening in America. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women are expected for the first time to make up the majority of American workers by October or November. That's because men have been disproportionately hit by layoffs during the current recession.

Female workers held 49.83% of the 132 million jobs in the U.S. in June. Women have benefited from working in health care, education and government jobs, all sectors that are continuing to grow despite the economy. Those fields also tend to hire more women than men.