09 March 2011 #Employment
According to figures published by the TUC at the opening of the TUC Women`s Conference in Eastbourne this week, female unemployment has risen by 71,000 over the past year. It estimates that in some parts of Britain as much as 20% of females aged 16 to 24 are out of work.
Whilst more males were made redundant during the recession, more men appear to have found their way back to work, with unemployment levels for men falling by 31,000 in the same period. Unemployment among men is at its highest level since 1996, and for women its highest level since 1988.
The TUC also predicts that female workers will also bear the brunt of expected public sector redundancies following the implementation of the Government`s austerity measures. This is because there are almost twice as many women than men working in the public sector.