Unemployed men and women

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 28 October 2020

Unemployment counts in London by sex (1992 - 2020)

The number of unemployed people in London has just over halved since its post-financial crisis peak in 2011 (from 420,100 in 2011 to 257,000 in 2020). 

Over the past three decades, the gender split of unemployment has become more even. In 1993 there were almost two unemployed men for every unemployed woman, but by 2014 the numbers were broadly similar with just under 170,000 of both genders unemployed. Since then, unemployment has fallen faster for women than it has for men, with 131,000 unemployed men in 2020 and 126,000 unemployed women.