“Women needed in the workplace” says Plaid Cymru

THIRD INCREASE IN WOMEN UNEMPLOYED IN WALES IN LAST TWO YEARS

34% OF CARMARTHEN EAST & DINEFWR FAMILIES HEADED BY SINGLE PARENTS

Plaid Cymru has called for efforts on unemployment to focus on helping women find work opportunities as newly released unemployment figures showed that women’s unemployment had risen by almost a third in two years.

Carmarthen East & Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards said that barriers to women in work must be challenged and opportunities created – including job-sharing, flexi-hours and childcare barriers.

Unemployment figures show 54,000 women unemployed in Spring 2013, 13,000 more than two years earlier, when 41,000 women were registered unemployed. 

Unemployment amongst men fell by 15,000 in the same two years, from 83,000 to 68,000 – an 18% fall.

A total of 34% of families in the Carmarthen East & Dinefwr constituency are headed by single parents.

Plaid Cymru’s Westminster spokesperson on Treasury and the Economy, Jonathan Edwards said:

“Unemployment in Wales is still stuck stubbornly above the 120,000 mark.

“However, that headline figure doesn’t show what is happening under the surface – that men are finding their way back into work while women are unemployed.

“Almost all of the thirty thousand net increase in jobs created in Wales in the past two years have gone to men.

“In securing an economic recovery we need to look at all parts of society – we cannot afford to ignore highly talented, skilled and well-trained people in our workforce.

“We must now look at what work opportunities can be created for women – including job-sharing, flexi-hours and childcare difficulties which act as a barrier to getting women into work and contributing to the economy and their own household income.

“It also seems unlikely that social security changes from the UK Government are helping women to find employment.

“Plaid Cymru has called for an emphasis on buying local which means that profits are kept in our communities, for increasing job opportunities for young people through creating apprenticeships and to support small and medium sized businesses with a Welsh business bank so that they have finance to develop.”

ENDS

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 Notes to Editor:

 Total employment

April-June 2011 Wales 1.337m     Men 698,000  Women 639,000

April-June 2013 Wales 1.366m     Men 726,000   Women 640,000

 

Total unemployment

April-June 2011 Wales 124,000  Men 83,000   Women 41,000

April-June 2013 Wales 122,000  Men 68,000   Women 54,000

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