Women suffering most in recession


unemployedWomen are bearing the brunt of the recession, with growing numbers becoming unemployed and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.

New figures show UK unemployment grew by 48,000 in the final quarter of last year, to bring the total to 2.67 million. Of these, an astonishing two thirds are women.

The number of unemployed women, including thousands of mums looking for a way back into the workplace, is at its highest for 23 years.

Mums face a tough time returning to work after they've had children, and many have been made redundant amid the economic downturn.

The number of women claiming Jobseeker's Allowance increased by 1,500 last month to 531,700 - the highest figure in 16 years.

Being jobless puts great strain on families, but there are ways you can make things a bit easier if you become jobless.

Making sure you understand your benefit entitlements is a great start.