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More women joining the workforce, CEPD reports


The labor participation rate of the nation's women has increased in recent years and now ranks 35th in the world, an analysis carried out by the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) has shown.

The council made the report based on data compiled by the International Institute for Management Development, which showed that the labor participation rate of the nation's women increased to 42.45 percent last year, up from 40.45 percent in 2001.

During the same period, the nation's ranking in this regard rose to 35th from 38th place, lagging behind Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore, but outpacing Japan and South Korea, the report showed.

Government agencies have been working on programs to help more women find employment or open their own business, so as to meet the strong demand for manpower in many sectors, CEPD officials said.

Generally speaking, getting married and having children are the two major factors most affecting women's willingness to work, the officials said.

They added that when sound social systems are in place and society grants them equal rights, women will be better able to take care of their families and work at the same time.

Against such a background, the issue of how to take advantage of women's power to contribute to the workforce has been one of the focal points in the government's human resources policy, which aims to create more job opportunities for women and fully explore their workplace capabilities, the officials said.

Judging from changes between 1980 and last year, women's labor participation rates have been rising steadily, officials said.

They added that the employment rate for married women with children under six years old doubled, growing from 26 percent to 56 percent.

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