Female workers bore the brunt of job losses in the retail industry over the last year.

As the retail industry grappled with store closings and bankruptcies, it lost 54,300 jobs from October 2016 to October 2017. During that time, women lost 160,300 retail jobs, while men actually gained 106,000 jobs, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research analysis of the December employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The disparity seems to be coming from shifting trends in the retail industry, though just what trends are causing it are up for debate.

Cashiers ring up customers at registers inside a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location in Burbank, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. New labor statistics show women have lost retail jobs while men have gained. Photo Credit:…