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Over 1.45M S/Korean Married Women Suffer Career Break – Data

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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 career discontinuation was 1,448,000 in the first half, down 57,000 from a year earlier.

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

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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 a baby amid a higher housing price and a higher cost to bring up children.

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

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It was followed by 27.4 percent for marriage, 22.1 percent for pregnancy and childbirth, and 3.8 percent for children’s education.

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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. 

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