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Men account for net jobless rise

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The net rise in unemployment in Wales last year is equal to the number of men who lost their jobs, according to statistics.

The figure for the number of jobless women in 2008 remained the same, according to the Office for National Statistics figures.

The rise of 28,000 people can be accounted for by jobless men.

Unemployment reached 100,000 in Wales in December taking the total to 7% of the workforce.

Nearly two million people in the UK are without jobs - the highest in 10 years.

But one of the most worrying statistics to come out of the latest Labour force survey figures is that the net rise of 28,000 were all men.

Statisticians claim either a similar number of women have found jobs to balance the figures or others have slipped off companies' books and become economically inactive.

Meanwhile, unemployment rates for Welsh men have climbed sharpest anywhere in the UK with a rise of 3.6%, which is more than double the national average.

The unemployment rate among Welsh men is now 8.4%. Only the north east, north west, and west Midlands have a greater percentage of unemployed males.

The figures are bound to rise again this quarter with Indesit, Toyota, Novelis, Panasonic and Hoover all announcing hundreds of jobs losses in Wales.

Wales@Work speaks to employers and unions about the real cost of redundancy on BBC Radio Wales at 1830 GMT.



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