Older women than men are unemployed for the first time since 2016

there has been an increase in the number of women People aged 65 and above who are unemployed during the pandemic have found a new report.

rest less, company Which provides professional advice to people age 50 and older, found that the number of unemployed women aged 65 and older has increased from 7,200 to 21,000 in the past year.

This means that for the first time since 2016, older women are unemployed than older men.

The research also found that fewer women in this age group were actively looking for work than in previous years.

Rest Less said an analysis of official labor market data also found that unemployment levels for people aged 65 had increased by 53 percent in the past year overall, more than any other age group. higher percentage increase.

Rest Less founder Stuart Lewis commented: “While the labor market is showing significant signs of recovery and job vacancies have now surpassed pre-pandemic levels, it is clear that with thousands of talented older people the recovery is yet to come. So far not working for everyone. Workers are in danger of being left behind.

“In the last recession of 2009, women could retire at 60 and receive a state pension, today it is 66.”

He continued: “The sharp rise in unemployment levels among women 65 or older is only set to worsen as the summer warms. holiday plan.

“There are a lot of women in their 60s who are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They can’t find jobs, but they can’t claim their state pension yet, largely because of age discrimination , which puts them in an extremely vulnerable financial position as they approach retirement.”

“If the government expects us to work until age 66, rising to 67 by 2028, they need to invest in tailored retraining and employment support programs for older workers.”

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