Since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008 and a subsequent up-and-down recovery, men have accounted for 80 percent of net new jobs, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

A lot of the statistical hiring has been related to the manufacturing sector, which is heavily male-dominated, but men seeking work after layoffs have also been moving into fields traditionally dominated by women, such as retail.

According to the BLS, the retail trade from June 2009 to June 2012 has seen a net loss of 142,000 female employees and a net gain of 391,000 male workers. Even in leisure and hospitality, men are catching up and even surpassing women, with a net of 246,000 jobs going to women and 263,000 to men in the same two-year period.

Women wallop men in education and healthcare, 725,000 to 389,000, but men return the favor in professional and business services, with 933,000 male jobs compared to 517,000 female jobs.

Government jobs nationwide, another bastion of female employment, have shrunk as well. Some 396,000 females lost government jobs compared to 231,000 males during the June-to-June period.