Unemployed men and women

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 20 April 2020

Unemployment counts in London by sex (1992 - 2019)

The number of unemployed people in London has halved since its post-financial crisis peak in 2011 (from 450,000 in 2011 to 210,000 in 2019). 

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 2013 the numbers were broadly similar with roughly 190,000 of both genders unemployed. Since then, unemployment has fallen faster for women than it has for men, with 129,000 unemployed men in 2019 and 84,000 unemployed women.

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