Women unemployed - highest for 20 years
Women are once again among the hardest hit as official unemployment figures reveal a rise to the highest level in over twenty years.
· Unemployment rate rises to 7.9% for the three months to June
· Number of women out of work rises to its highest level since 1988
· Number of people unemployed for up to six months increases by highest rate since June 2009
The alarming rise has been published as part of the monthly Labour Market Statistics from the Office of National Statistics, which has also shown a rise in unemployment of 0.1% to 7.9% over the three months to June.
This is the first time in three months that a rise has been reported but there are predictions that it will continue to rise on the back of falling business confidence and unsteady financial markets.
The rise in unemployment of 38,000 follows a number of influential reports out this week, which includes the study from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development/KPMG. The Labour Market Outlook which surveys 1,000 employers shows a fall on intended staff increase of -1, compared to +3 in the last quarter. Long term prospects are also disappointing with a fall in the twelve month index from +2 in the last quarter to -6 in this.
Post Date: August 18th, 2011