THE growing number of unemployed women has been branded worrying and could erode 50 years of progress in equality, a leading rights group warns.
Unemployment in Wales fell to 121,000 in three months to September, according to the Office for National Statistics.
But the number of out of work women rose by 12,000 over the past year to 59,000. Male unemployment fell 26,000 to 63,000 in the same period.
"I think it's extremely worrying," said Kate Bennett, national director for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Wales told the BBC's Sunday Politics Wales programme.
"A lot of women, particularly older women, are already working in part time, low paid work. If you've got a part time low paid role somehow those jobs may be more vulnerable to being cut.
"We would encourage more flexible working roles so that women can more ably balance their working responsibilities with their caring responsibilities."