New figures released by Labour on International Women's Day show that the number of women in the South East aged 25 and over unemployed for two years rose by 225 per cent between May 2010 and January 2015.
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."
Research by the House of Commons library has also found women are increasingly likely to be stuck in low-paid jobs. Since 2010 60 per cent of the growth in jobs for women across the UK has come from low-paying industries. For men it is 39 per cent.