Female jobs crisis

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UNION leaders have warned of a ‘crisis’ in female unemployment following a big rise in the number of women out of work over the past year.

The TUC said male employment had started to recover, up by 238,000 in the past 12 months, compared with a fall of 19,000 among women.

Male unemployment fell by 31,000 in the past year but rose by 71,000 for women, according to a study by the union organisation.

The analysis also showed that in some parts of the country as many as one in five women aged between 16 and 24 are currently unemployed.