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South Korea’s married women employment rate rises to 57.8%

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South Korean statistics office on Tuesday said the employment rate of the country’s married women living with underage children rose in the first half of this year.

The hiring rate among married women aged 15-54, who live together with minor children, stood at 57.8 per cent in the January-June period, up 1.6 percentage points compared to the same period of last year, according to Statistics Korea.

According to the office, this marked the highest since relevant data began to be compiled in 2016 as the number of working mothers in the age group was 2,622,000 in the first half, up 16,000 from a year earlier.

The number of married women aged 15-54, who experienced a career break following marriage, was 1,397,000 in the first half, down 51,000 from a year earlier.

Among the women who stopped working after marriage, the highest proportion of 42.8 per cent said childrearing was the main reason behind their career break.

It was followed by 26.3 per cent saying they stopped working due to getting married and 22.7 per cent citing pregnancy and childbirth.

Xinhua/NAN

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