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Unemployment may offer women new opportunities

Unemployment may offer women new opportunities

Women facing job losses as a result of the cuts to public sector work opportunities may recognise that the onset of redundancy offers them an opportunity to become self-employed.

Deb Leary, national president of the British Association for Women Entrepreneurs, said females need to be given the incentive to develop businesses that are not just concerned with lifestyle, but can become the next household brand name.

She added that it is likely the number of women out of work will get worse before it gets better, but will cope as they tend to be resourceful.

"They dip in and out of employment because of various circumstances and this is something that is going to be a short-term event," Ms Leary noted.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of females without a job increased by 31,000 in the last quarter - compared to the previous three-month period.

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