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.