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Labor participation level of Korean women in 30s hits new high Updated: 2014-05-27 13:58:28 KST

Korean women are the most active they've ever been in the workforce.
The labor participation rate of women in their thirties hit its highest rate on record last year, according to Statistics Korea.
The percentage of women between the ages of 30 and 39 working was 57 percent in 2013.
It's been on a steady rise in recent years, up by about one percentage point each year since 2009, with the exception of 2008 when the global financial crisis hit.
Researchers at the Korea Women's Development Institute attributes the growth of women in the workforce to more women going to university and putting off marriage, which has also had an effect on Korea's birthrate.
The total number of newborn babies declined last year for the first time in four years.
Government efforts have also played a role, as they've been encouraging companies to provide more flexible working hours so that women can more easily juggle home and work life.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.


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