Stat of the day: 41,000

The rise in the number of women in work between April 2011 and December 2007.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
It’s been a funny sort of recession; characterised by heavy job-losses in industries like retail, service and the public sector, ie. those traditionally dominated by women. The good news this morning, though, is that research by the Trades Union Congress has found that there were 41,000 more women working in April 2011 than December 2007. Although, at the same time, there were almost 200,000 fewer men in employment. Ouch.

Regional variations are also a factor: female employment in the North-East is down 5.1%, although in London it’s up 4.3%. Employment for both men and women is up 122,000 in London but down 70,000 in the West Midlands.

As for the total figure, while unemployment has been falling (albeit very gently) over the past few months, compared with that 2007 figure, it’s still up 0.5%. Official unemployment figures are due out tomorrow: let’s not wait with baited breath…

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