Sunderland women hit hardest by job cuts

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WOMEN are being hit hardest by job cuts in the North East, new research has shown.

More than two-thirds of all the people who have lost jobs at councils in the region are female, according to a report by the GMB trade union.

The figures showed that 68.7 per cent of the 14,603 people who were made redundant by local authorities since 2010 are women.

All of the region’s councils saw more women lose their jobs than men, including Sunderland 68.2 per cent and Durham 68 per cent, said the report. Northumberland County Council was the highest with 85.9 per cent being female.

GMB regional secretary Tom Brennan said: “This is a direct result of the Government cuts in public spending. This was entirely predictable because the public sector employs more women than men.”