The number of women who quit work due to marriages, pregnancies and child rearing grew slightly this year, state data showed today. This comes amid government efforts to help them stay on.
According to the data by Statistics Korea, nearly 2 million women had given up their careers as of April this year to get married, have children or raise them. The figure is up 1.1 percent, or 22,000, from the previous year.
These women made up 20.7 percent of the population of married women, compared to about 20 percent in 2013. The proportion rises to 22.4 percent when including those who quit work to take care of sick family members.
Career disruptions were most common among those in their 30s and 40s.
Of the women who gave up their jobs, about 1.1 million, or about 55 percent, were in their 30s, followed by those in their 40s with 563,000, or 28.5 percent.
Women leaving jobs to support their child’s education jumped nearly 28 percent from a year earlier. The number of those who left due to pregnancies and baby care grew 5.4 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively.
Source: Busan eFM News
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