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Mon, 25 Mar, 2013 04:39:54 AM
FTimes Report, March 25

 

The employment rate of mothers of the children aged bellow three was 66.4 percent in the country during the year 2011, according to Statistics Finland's employment statistics.

The report also said that 89.1 percent of fathers of same-age children were working. The employment rate of all persons aged 18 to 64 was 69.9 per cent in 2011.

In the year 2011, the employment rate of 18 to 64-year-old men with a family was 79.8 percent. Families are formed by married or cohabiting couples and those in registered partnerships living together and single parents with their children. Children living in the same accommodation are counted in the family.

The employment rate was highest, 90.3 percent, for those men in whose family children were aged three to six. In all, 70.2 per cent of married or cohabiting men of families without children were working. Regardless of the family status, the employment rate of all men aged 18 to 64 was 69.0 per cent.

The employment rate of all women aged 18 to 64 was slightly higher than that of men: 70.9 per cent. Parenthood of families with children lowers the employment rate of women especially among those living alone with children aged under three: their employment rate was 44.3 per cent.

The employment rate of married or cohabiting mothers of children aged under three, 68.8 per cent, was, however, nearly as high as that of women in the whole age group. Among women the employ-ment rate was also highest for mothers of children aged three to six: 80.7 per cent of them were at work.

The employment rate of men not belonging to a family was  57.6 per cent, which was 22.2 percent lower than that of men belonging to a family.

The report also said that the employment rate of both women belonging and not belonging to a family has risen from 2006 to 2011. The employment rate of women with a family went up by 2.4 percent and that of women without a family by 0.8 percent.

The employment effects of the economic crisis started to be visible in men's employment rate already in 2008, when the employment rate of men with a family went down by 0.9 percent and that of men without a family by 1.0 percent compared with 2007. In 2009, the employment rate fell in both groups of men: for those with a family by 3.3 percent  and for those without a family by 4.5 percent.

The economic crisis could be seen as a temporary dip in women's employment in 2009, when the employment rate of women with a family went down by 1.4 percent and that of women without a family by 2.1 per cent. The employment rates of all groups have risen in 2010 and 2011.

 
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