A short article in Parade Magazine http://www.parade.com/news/wha.....ml?index=2
quotes some unemployment figures, and offers their explanation for the difference: Women tend to work in recession-proof fields like education, nursing, and other health-care fields, while men take jobs in layoff-prone fields such as construction and finance. The article also says that women are more adaptable and willing to re-train.
I'm thinking this may be inaccurate because the figures may be based only on records for those who have applied for unemployment benefit programs. But regardless, it all affects their discretionary income and businesses that provide services and goods to them.