New figures released by Labour on International Women's Day show that the number of women aged 25 and over unemployed for two years in the North East region rose by 909 per cent between May 2010 and January 2015. In January 2015, 2675 women were unemployed for more than two years, up from 265 when Labour left office.
In the same time period, long-term unemployment of men over 25, rose by 381%.
Research by the House of Commons library has also found women are increasingly likely to be stuck in low-paid jobs. Since 2010 60 per cent of the growth in jobs for women has come from low-paying industries. For men it is 39 per cent.
The cost of a nursery place has risen by a third under David Cameron, and in some areas childcare costs are now two thirds of average weekly earnings, making it harder for women to get back to work.
Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s shadow Work and Pensions secretary said: "These new figures revealing the huge rise in long-term unemployment amongst women shows the Tory plan is failing. The rise in long-term unemployment for women has been twice as high as that for men under David Cameron, and women have been hit hardest by the huge rise in low-paid jobs.
‘The choice we face in May couldn’t be clearer. A failing Tory plan which has seen the number of women unemployed for more than two years rise by 415 per cent and a growing number of women stuck in low-paid jobs. Or Labour’s better plan to support women into work with a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee and our plan to tackle low pay by raising the minimum wage to £8 an hour and giving tax rebates for firms who pay a Living Wage."