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More women unemployed after cuts

Wednesday August 31st 2011

The number of female retail workers claiming jobseeker's allowance (JSA) rose 27% year-on-year to 129,000 in July due to job cuts in the retail, cleaning and catering sectors, according to a new study by analysts SSentif.

A number of high street stores went bust, while the banking industry was making redundancies, resulting in an increase in the female unemployment rate, SSentif said.

The study found that women in the domestic and catering sectors were hit hard, with the number of JSA claimants going up by 16% year-on-year last month.

There were 18% more JSA claimants among female care assistants in public firms and the private sector.

Judy Aldred, managing director of SSentif, said: "It is also interesting to see across the board, in both the public and private sector, that it is the lower paid, more administrative-focused jobs that are being hit, with middle-management jobs appearing to be spared at the moment."

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