Women make up more than half of workers in the North East, according to a new study.
The GMB union report, which analysed 210 of 374 local authority areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, showed that the North East has one of the highest proportions of female workers.
Paul Kenny, the GMB's general secretary, said:
– Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary
"These figures show that for workers resident in most areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland there are more women in employment than there are men in employment.
"That means that equal pay for women is not just an issue of fairness but is something that directly impacts on the economic prosperity of many areas.
"Politicians should no longer think of men as the breadwinner. They should consider the impact on women's wage packets and their experiences at work when they propose changes to employment policies.
The survey, which analysed the 2011 Census, also showed that North Yorkshire has one of the lowest percentages of women workers with 42%.