UNEMPLOYMENT rates in Geelong are at a 15-year high and are the worst in Victoria, new data reveals.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has found Geelong’s unemployment level stood at 10.5 per cent in July, towering above all Victorian regions as the state average reached 6.6 per cent.

While the high-profile job losses have come in the traditionally male manufacturing sector, the ABS has identified a rising level of women being left jobless in Geelong.

Female unemployment was found to be at 10.4 per cent — the worst level since April 2007 and almost double the average for 2013.