Women's employment at record high

Unemployment has fallen again to 6.6%, with employment rates just 0.1% lower than before the 2008 recession and employment rates for women at their highest level recorded, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Unemployment has fallen again to 6.6%, with employment rates just 0.1% lower than before the 2008 recession and employment rates for women at their highest level recorded, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

They show 81,000 fewer women were unemployed between February and April 2014 than between November and January and 80,000 fewer men.

Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain for February to April 2014 was 0.7% higher than a year earlier, with pay excluding bonuses 0.9% higher.

The ONS says that for February to April 2014, 77.9% of men and 67.9% of women aged from 16 to 64 were in work. It states: "These employment rates for men and women were higher than those for November 2013 to January 2014 and for a year earlier. While the employment rate for men was lower than before the 2008-09 downturn, the employment rate for women was the highest on record."

Comparing February to April this year with February to April last year, the ONS said the number of self-employed people had increased by 337,000 to reach 4.54 million. The number of men working full time increased by 439,000 to reach 14.23 million. The number of men working part time increased by 26,000, to reach 2.15 million. The number of women working full time increased by 239,000 to reach 8.14 million and the number of women working part-time increased by 76,000 to reach 6.02 million.

Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment and Skills, said: "While there is still lots to do to tackle unemployment, this is an unprecedented rise in the number of people in work. And more than three times. The private sector is driving new jobs with positions created across a range of sectors, from entertainment to transport.”





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