Over 1.45m S/Korean married women suffer career break – Data




Statistics Korea data on Tuesday  showed that 1.45 million South Korean married women, suffered a career break in the first half mainly due to child rearing.

The statistical office data showed that the number of married women,  aged 15-54 who experienced a career discontinuation was 1,448,000 in the first half, down 57,000 from a year earlier.

It said such accounted for 17.4 per cent of the country’s total married in the first half, down 0.2 percentage points from a year ago.

The decline was mainly attributable to the continued slide in marriages, which was caused by a growing social trend to delay marriage and refrain from having baby amid a higher housing price and a higher cost to bring up children.

Among the total  number of married who stopped working, 43.2 per cent said they went through the career discontinuity to rear children.

It was followed by 27.4 per cent for marriage, 22.1 per cent for pregnancy and childbirth, and 3.8 per cent for children education.

Meanwhile, the number of married women aged 15-54 totaled 8,323,000 in the first half.

Among the total, the number of married women who were unemployed was 3,240,000, the statistic showed. (Xinhua/NAN) 

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