Unemployed men and women

Unemployment counts in London by sex (1992 - 2020)

The number of unemployed people in London has just under halved since its post-financial crisis peak in 2011 (from 448,000 in 2011 to 267,000 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 2015 the numbers were broadly similar with just under 140,000 of both genders unemployed.  Since then, unemployment has fallen consistently for women (113,000 in 2020) while it has increased in the last three years for men (154,000 in 2020). 

Although the unemployment count is up to June-August of 2020, the full impact of the coronavirus on employment is only partly captured by this indicator. Other factors, such as those put on furlough and the change in inactivity within the labour market, should also be considered.