Unemployment stood at 15% in the second quarter, with the rate for men hitting 15.1% while 14.9% of women had no job.
Joblessness among Portuguese men is growing faster than among women for the first time ever, the former head of the Employment and Professional Training Institute (IEFP) said Tuesday, 21 August.
According to official data, unemployment stood at 15% in the second quarter, with the rate for men hitting 15.1% while 14.9% of women had no job.
Ex-IEFP president Franciso Madelino told news agency Lusa the figures represented a reversal of the normal employment dynamic in which sectors with a heavy female presence were usually the first and most heavily affected by economic downturn.
The current situation, Madelino added, appeared due to the major contraction in Portugal’s male-centred building sector, which shrank by nearly 18% in Q2.
(Photograph: Jorge Firmino)