November 23, 2022 13:14
The employment rate of married women aged 15 to 54 rose to an all-time high in the first half of this year, while the proportion of women who quit their jobs to bring up children fell to a record low.
According to Statistics Korea on Tuesday, the employment rate among married women stood at 62.6 percent in the first six months, up 1.5 percentage points from a year ago. The rate among married women with children also rose to a record 57.8 percent.
Some 1.4 million married women quit their jobs due to childbirth and childcare, down 3.5 percent over the same period and the smallest number since statistics began in 2014. That brings their proportion to a record low of 17.2 percent.
In 2018, the proportion was still 20.5 percent, but it is falling as marriages decline and more women enter the workforce.
But that still means that one out of every six married women quit their jobs to give birth or raise children. The figure stands at more than a quarter or 26.7 percent among married women in their 30s, who are now most likely to have children.
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