Women avoid worst of 'mancession'

Published on Monday, 19 December 2011 11:20
Posted by Scott Buckler

Women accounted for just a fifth of the employment fall during the recession and just a third of the rise in employment, new analysis has revealed

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has labelled the 2008-09 recession a "mancession".

A report shows that the female unemployment rate increased steadily from 6.5 per cent to 7.5 per cent since the end of the recession, with the number of unemployed women reaching a record level of 1.09 million, while male unemployment stands at nine per cent.

However, a study due to be released by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) is expected to forecast a drop in career development for women in the coming months.

The think tank claims that the increasing cost of childcare is proving to be a barrier to employment.

IPPR's report has warned that female unemployment will worsen as the private sector is struggling to fill the gaps left by the public sector, particularly in the north of England.


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