New figures released by Labour on International Women's Day show that the number of women aged 25 and over unemployed for two years in Harlow rose by 1700 per cent between May 2010 and January 2015.
Research by the House of Commons library has also found women are increasingly likely to be stuck in low-paid jobs. Nationally, since 2010 60 per cent of the growth in jobs for women has come from low-paying industries. For men it is 39 per cent.
In Harlow, the number of women aged 25 and over unemployed for two years has risen by a staggering 1700% between May 2010 and January 2015. For Harlow men aged 25 and over the equivalent figure is 1250%, giving an overall figure for people aged 25 and over unemployed for 2 years or more in Harlow at 1400%.
The cost of a nursery place has risen by a third under David Cameron, and in some areas childcare costs are now two thirds of average weekly earnings, making it harder for women to get back to work.
Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s shadow Work and Pensions secretary said:
"These new figures revealing the huge rise in long-term unemployment amongst women shows the Tory plan is failing. The rise in long-term unemployment for women has been twice as high as that for men under David Cameron, and women have been hit hardest by the huge rise in low-paid jobs.
"The choice we face in May couldn’t be clearer. A failing Tory plan which has seen the number of women unemployed for more than two years rise by 415 per cent and a growing number of women stuck in low-paid jobs. Or Labour’s better plan to support women into work with a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee and our plan to tackle low pay by raising the minimum wage to £8 an hour and giving tax rebates for firms who pay a Living Wage."
Low Pay figures:
Figures from the House of Commons library in February 2015 showed since 2010 (Nationally):
- 431,000 more women are working in low paying industry jobs (up 62%)
- 372,000 more men are working in low paying industry jobs (up 45%)
Labour's Compulsory Jobs Guarantee:
The Compulsory Jobs Guarantee would offer every young person out of work for more than 12 months, and every person over 25 out of work for two years, a paid starter job, work they will have to take up or lose benefits.
It will be funded for the whole of the next Parliament by: repeating Labour's successful tax on bank bonuses at the start of the next Parliament; and restricting pensions tax relief for high earners.
Cost of Childcare soars:
Figures from The Family and Childcare Trust show that over the last Parliament the cost of childcare has soared by 33 per cent nationally. Families are now spending £1,533 more this year than they did in 2010, while wages have remained largely static.