Why has the female unemployment rate in Britain fallen?

Quarterly Bulletin 1998 Q3
Published on 01 September 1998

By Phil Evans of the Bank’s Structural Economic Analysis Division.

The lower female unemployment rate is almost fully explained by a fall in the rate at which women become unemployed; this fall is uniform across skill groups and is particularly significant among women with young children. He suggests that increased workplace assistance to women with young children has reduced the frictions in the female labour market, and may have lowered the natural rate of female unemployment.

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