The number of unemployed women in the UK increased by 31,000 in the three months to September to reach 1.02 million – the highest figure since 1988.
The grim findings, published today by the Office for National Statistics, emerged as the overall number of unemployed people in the UK fell by 9,000 during the same three months, to 2.45 million. The overall unemployment rate was also unchanged at 7.7%
But while the number of men out of work fell by 40,000 on the previous quarter to 1.43 million, the number of unemployed women shot up during the same period, the Labour Market Statistical Bulletin – November 2010 showed.
Dr John Philpott, chief economic adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, said that public sector recruitment freezes and redundancies were having an “adverse impact on job prospects for women”.
He said: “Women are likely to have been adversely affected by fewer vacancies in public administration, education, health and social work,” he said. “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.”
He added that whatever the overall rate of job creation in the coming months, the “negative impact on employment of fiscal austerity is likely to continue to hit women much harder than men”.
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