‘Crisis in female unemployment’ – TUC

Trade unions have warned Government strategy is causing a potential crisis in female unemployment.

Trade unions have warned Government strategy is causing a potential crisis in female unemployment.
At the start of its women’s conference in Eastbourne, the TUC claimed current economic policies are at risk of making the situation even worse.
Although more men lost their jobs in the recent recession than women and more men than women remain out of work, over the last year male employment has begun to recover.
Employment levels for men saw an increase of 238,000, but female employment has fallen by 19,000 over the same period.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: ”While the Government focuses all its energy on cuts, our unemployment crisis continues to grow.
”The UK desperately needs an economic strategy that prioritises growth and jobs to bring revenues in and the deficit down.  The current plan of deep, rapid cuts is causing job losses to mount and sending our economy in the wrong direction.”
During the past 12 months overall male unemployment has fallen by 31,000 – a fall of 0.3% – while female unemployment has risen by 71,000 -  a rise of 0.5%.
Following an analysis of Labour Force Survey figures from July to September 2010, the TUC claims that in some parts of the country as many as one in five young women between 16-24 are currently unemployed.
The TUC says it believes women are in for a tough few years because redundancies in the public sector – where more than a third of women in work are employed – are set to increase as a result of the spending cuts.
It also claims a slow economic growth is likely to mean vacancy levels will remain low across ”female” sectors such as retail and admin.
Chancellor George Osborne has warned the austerity measures are ”tough but fair”.





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