Female employment rates have hit their highest since comparable records began in 1971, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Labour Market Statistics, April 2014 report shows that the proportion of women in employment has increased, while the proportion of employed men has decreased.

In 1971 the gap between male and female employment figures stood at 39.3% where as today it is just 10%.


The regions with the highest employment rate in the UK were the South East at 76.3%, followed by the East of England at 76% and the South West at 75.8%. The region with the lowest rate was the North East at 69.1%.

The unemployment rate for women has broadly followed that for men since 1971, though remaining slightly lower throughout. However, unemployment in women increased by significantly less than that of men during the economic downturn in the early 1990s. Unemployment figures currently stand at 6.5% for women and 7.2% for men.

The number of self-employed has also risen along with those in employment, bringing the overall employment figure for the UK to 72.6%.

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