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260,000 women jobless for a year

Monday August 15th 2011

More than a quarter of out-of-work women have been unemployed for over 12 months, a new report has revealed.

Some long-term unemployed women even claimed that cuts to child care credits meant they were better off staying at home.

The analysis by think tank IPPR found that around 260,000 women have been jobless in the UK for more than 12 months.

The report also revealed women accounted for 40% of redundancies in the past 12 months and that job cuts in the public sector were hitting women disproportionately because of the high numbers of women employed by the NHS and local governments.

Dalia Ben-Galim, IPPR's associate director, said: "During the recession, unemployment among men increased much more than among women, but our analysis of the latest figures show that this experience is now being reversed, in large part because of the Government's public spending cuts."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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