Stat of the day: 1.02m

The number of unemployed women in the UK - the highest level since 1988.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
We were warned that the curb in Government spending would hit women hardest – now the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that prediction was accurate. More than 1m women were unemployed by September this year, the highest level since 1988, the heyday of the Thatcher reign.  

During the quarter-year to September, the number of women out of work rose by 31,000. Over the same period, the number of unemployed men fell by 40,000 - exposing a sharp divide between the sexes. It’s thought women have been hit hardest because they're more likely to work in public administration and health – two sectors which have seen a high level of job cuts in light of the cutbacks in public sector spending.  

As usual, the unions are doing their best to cheer us up. Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, warns that things are only going to get worse with the prospect of 500,000 more jobs to be cut in the female-dominated public sector. Mind you, that's a rather mild statement compared to his comments in September that the cuts could spark poll-tax style riots, thanks to a 'volatile cocktail' of job losses, pension cuts and wages freezes.  Wow, way to make a girl feel good.

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