Trends for women

Global Employment Trends for Women 2012: ILO

  • Women face higher unemployment rates than men globally, with no improvements likely in the coming years
  • Globally, the gap in unemployment and employment-to-population ratios was moving towards convergence before the crisis. The crisis reversed this trend in the hardest-hit regions.
  • In the advanced countries, the crisis seems to have affected men in trade- dependent sectors more than women in health and education. In developing countries, women were strongly hit in trade-related sectors.
  • In 2012, the share of women in vulnerable employment, (contributing family workers plus own account workers), was 50 per cent and that of men was 48 per cent. But there were much larger gaps in North Africa (24 percentage points), and in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa (15 points).
  • In advanced economies, women’s employment in industry halved, crowding 85 per cent of them into services, primarily in education and health.

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