Women half of workforce

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Women now make up half the total number of those in work, although they outnumber men in a growing number of regions.

Research for the GMB union found there were almost 12 million women in public and private sector jobs, 49.4 per cent of the 24.2 million of all employees in the UK.

Areas where women outnumbered men included Gwynedd in North Wales, Knowsley, Dumfries and Galloway, Anglesey and Pembrokeshire.

The lowest number of women workers were in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets (40%), Haringey (42%) and Southwark (43%).