Figures reveal increase in unemployed women in Sheffield

File photo dated 17/08/11 of a woman looking into the window of a job centre as the UK has enjoyed a jobs 'boom' despite the economic downturn and huge cutbacks in public spending, according to a new study. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 20, 2013. A leading analyst said 2012 saw a 'remarkable' increase in employment, although it was coupled with a fall in labour productivity and a squeeze on pay. The Jobs Economist said 2012 was the best year for employment growth since 2000, with previous jobs booms taking place during periods of a strong economy. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/08/11 of a woman looking into the window of a job centre as the UK has enjoyed a jobs 'boom' despite the economic downturn and huge cutbacks in public spending, according to a new study. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 20, 2013. A leading analyst said 2012 saw a 'remarkable' increase in employment, although it was coupled with a fall in labour productivity and a squeeze on pay. The Jobs Economist said 2012 was the best year for employment growth since 2000, with previous jobs booms taking place during periods of a strong economy. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
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THE number of unemployed people in Sheffield has risen by almost 1,000 on this time last year, figures have revealed.

A total of 17,761 residents were claiming Jobseekers Allowance in February – up 0.4 per cent for the same period in 2012.

File photo dated 19/11/2012 of a general view of Job Centre Plus offices in Derby city centre. The UK has enjoyed a jobs 'boom' despite the economic downturn and huge cutbacks in public spending, according to a new study. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 20, 2012. A leading analyst said 2012 saw a 'remarkable' increase in employment, although it was coupled with a fall in labour productivity and a squeeze on pay. The Jobs Economist said 2012 was the best year for employment growth since 2000, with previous jobs booms taking place during periods of a strong economy. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

File photo dated 19/11/2012 of a general view of Job Centre Plus offices in Derby city centre. The UK has enjoyed a jobs 'boom' despite the economic downturn and huge cutbacks in public spending, according to a new study. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 20, 2012. A leading analyst said 2012 saw a 'remarkable' increase in employment, although it was coupled with a fall in labour productivity and a squeeze on pay. The Jobs Economist said 2012 was the best year for employment growth since 2000, with previous jobs booms taking place during periods of a strong economy. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

While unemployment in men fell by 701, the number of woman claimants rose by 1,547, according to the National Office of Statistics.

The news has been met with disappointment from politicians who fear women in South Yorkshire have been hardest hit by cuts.

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, said: “Sadly I’m not surprised that female unemployment has risen because women have faced the brunt of the Government’s cuts and job losses. The Government’s public sector spending cuts disproportionately hit women and the loss of retail jobs, in part caused by our flatlining economy.”

Mr Blomfield called for more effort to be made to encourage women into traditionally male areas of employment such as engineering and manufacturing, where investment is being made.

He said: “I would welcome efforts to encourage women to work in sectors like engineering, which have been historically male dominated.

“This week in Parliament I met with engineers and scientists from Sheffield and was particularly pleased that many of them were women. Clearly there is a long way to go but initiatives to encourage women to consider careers in these areas have my full support.”

In Barnsley the number of unemployed people is up 0.1 per cent compared with last February, whereas Rotherham and Doncaster have witnessed a fall of 0.2 and 0.1 per cent respectively.

Barnsley MP Michael Dugher said: “The total number of people claiming Jobs Seekers’ Allowance in Barnsley has jumped to 8,040 – the first time it has risen above 8,000 since 1996. Figures for youth unemployment are up yet again.”

Unemployed in numbers:

Number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in February - 17K

Percentage rise in joblessness compared with 2012 - 0.4

Increase in number of women claimants on last February - 1,547