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Women more likely to be jobless despite higher education levels

Women in The Bahamas are more likely to be unemployed than men despite higher levels of education, according to Acting Director of Statistics Leona Wilson.

Wilson made the comment at a press conference yesterday where the preliminary Labour Force Survey results were released.

Overall unemployment increased from 10 percent in May 2018 to 10.7 percent in November 2018.

The rate for women in November was 11.3 percent, compared to 10 percent for men.

Young women, ages 15 to 24, and core-aged women, ages 25 to 54, were more likely to be unemployed than their male counterparts.

Young women had the highest unemployment rate among all age groups at 24.1 percent.

In contrast, women ages 55 and older are slightly more likely to be employed than men in the same age group.

Women experienced higher rates of unemployment than men in New Providence and Abaco.

In New Providence, the unemployment rate for women was 11.7 percent, while the rate for men was 10.3 percent.

In Abaco, the unemployment rate for women was 9.6 percent, and the rate for men was 6.2 percent.

However, in Grand Bahama, more men were unemployed than women, with 11 percent of women and 12.8 percent of men unemployed.

“In another study, we saw that women were more qualified than men, yet their unemployment rate was higher,” said Wilson, noting that the study is still in progress.

The International Labour Organization in its 2018 report noted that across the Latin American and Caribbean region there is a consistent trend of higher unemployment rates among women compared to men.

The average regional difference in unemployment rates between women and men was roughly three percentage points, according to the report.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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