Unemployment falls – but only for men

While overall unemployment is on the decrease, women are still struggling to find jobs

Unemployment in the UK has fallen to 2.61 million in the three months to April according to official figures, with the jobless rate falling to 8.2 per cent.

But female unemployment accounts for only 1,000 of the total decrease of 51,000.

‘Any fall in unemployment is very welcome,’ says Employment Minister Chris Grayling. ‘But I remain cautious over the next few months, given the continuing economic challenges we face.’

Government cuts and job losses mean the number of unemployed women remains the highest it has been for 25 years.

Mr Grayling says we are starting to see a healthy increase in full time jobs with more appointments in the private sector but public sector unemployment is still falling and women are bearing the brunt.

‘Women are being disproportionately hit by the pay freezes, pension reforms and massive jobs cull in the public sector,’ says TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.

He says the government must invest in more long term jobs to get the economy growing again.

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