Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Jobless women total at 22-year high

The number of unemployed women has reached a 22-year high

The number of unemployed women has reached a 22-year high of more than a million prompting warnings of worse to come.

The Office for National Statistics figures also showed that workers in part-time jobs because they cannot find a full-time work have reached a record high.

There was a 31,000 increase in the number of women out of work in the three months to September.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "Female unemployment has been rising for over a year and hit a 22-year high this autumn.

"With the Office for Budget Responsibility predicting half a million further job losses in the female-dominated public sector, women look likely to suffer rising joblessness for some time to come."

Dr John Philpott, chief economic adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, said: "There are signs that cuts in public spending are already having an adverse impact on job prospects for women, with the unemployment rate for women now at 7% - higher than at any point since the start of the jobs recession in 2008.

"Women are likely to have been adversely affected by fewer vacancies in public administration, education, health and social work.

"The public sector, which has a relatively high concentration of female workers, is also the only sector to record an increase in redundancies in the latest quarter."

The Government concentrated on other figures which showed that unemployment in the UK fell by 9,000 to 2.45 million in the latest quarter, while the numbers claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell by 3,700 in October to 1.47 million, the first monthly fall since July.

During Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron welcomed the fall in the unemployment rate as a "good sign" that the Government's "private sector led recovery" had taken hold.

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