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Older women facing steep increases in long term unemployment

Responding  yesterday to theLabour Market Statistics, Yvette Cooper MP Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities said:


“Women in their fifties and sixties are being stretched in all directions – holding families and communities together. They are the ‘stretched middle’ – a middle generation of women, who are struggling like never before to provide care and support for their families at both ends of the age spectrum.

“But today’s figures show that older women are also facing steep increases in long term unemployment too – with a 41 per cent increase over the last year alone. In comparison, long term unemployment amongst men in their fifties and sixties has decreased by 10.5 per cent.

“Women in their fifties and sixties also face a bigger gender pay gap and their pensions have been the hardest hit of all by the sudden increases in the state pension age, which they have had little time to prepare for.

“The Government seems to be completely blind to the pressures faced by this generation of women. Women in the stretched middle are being hit hard and it’s time their voices were heard.”

Posted on July 19, 2012 8:22 am by Paul Gleeson

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