Are these the REAL unemployment figures? If so, they’re startling

We thought more men than women are unemployed – but it could be the other way round

There are 300,000 more women than men looking for work in the UK, according to new analysis.

A report by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) found the government’s headline unemployment count did not take into consideration people who were looking for work but couldn’t start immediately because of their circumstances.

In fact, the TUC found unemployment over the last three years has been greatly underestimated, particularly for women.

The unemployment rate for men in the three months to the end of March is 990,000 and for women it’s 815,000. However, there are 1,379,000 economically inactive women seeking work, compared to just 920,000 men, the TUC said.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Six years on from the recession, the culture of low expectations on jobs and pay is well past its sell-by date. Reducing the claimant count alone is not good enough if there is still an additional two million people who want a job but don’t have one.

“The government should be especially concerned about the lack of progress for women with caring responsibilities who want to work. There are nearly 300,000 more women looking for work than men, and the gap is not closing.

“Given the number of women who work in public services, there’s a big danger that cuts due to be announced in November will mean major job losses, along with a reduction in family friendly job vacancies and a further rise in the number of women seeking work.”

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