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Rising Unemployment among women in Denmark – a desperate situation as austerity measure hit them more

Friday, 22 April 2011
While male unemployment in Denmark has declined over the past year, more and more women in Denmark are finding it hard to get a job. At one year, unemployment among women rose from 4.9 to 5.5 percent.

For the men it has gone the opposite. Here their unemployment rate has been dropping from 6.8 to 6.4 percent in the past twelve months, according to an analysis done by the Danish Labour Movement,
This heavily blamed of the public sector cuts which affect some of its greatest employee base – women. More women are employed in the public sector than men as such cuts in the sector have hit them hardest.

“The reason is that the crisis which led to redundancies has particularly affected the public sector. Since the majority of the public sector employees are women, so it affected them more, "said Erik Bjørstad who is the labour economist at the Danish Labour Movement.

Jobs in sectors such as health related care - care for the elderly, childcare and education has disappeared. It is also difficult even for new graduates who have or are completing their studies in those areas to get into employment, according to the movement.

Some of them are also considering moving to Sweden where there are more prospects at the moment, but there are also housing shortages and high property cost which is makes it an impossible task. Disruption in the rail transport between Denmark and Sweden as limping DSB First continues to seek whether to continue operating the route has also heap more misery to job seeker who would want to work and live across the border.

“They’ll get it harder to get work over the coming years. There is more now on offer. They should fight more to enter the labour market,” said Erik Bjørstad. 

Some other job seekers have just decided to move to Norway.  There, they can look for a calmer town where housing might be a little problem and settle there. There are more jobs and a more stable job market in Norway at the moment.
By Scancomark.se Team

Key Danish Facts
Official Name Kingdom of Denmark
King Margrethe II
Prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen
Population 5.5 Million
Capital City Copenhagen
Monetary Unit Danish Krona (DK)
  1dk = 100 ore
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