Annual census surveys 2004 to 2007 - Female economic activity on the increase

Olivier Chardon, Fabienne Daguet, division Enquêtes et études démographiques, Insee

Family situation has a much greater influence on women's activity in the labour market than men's activity. In 2005, unlike men, single women were the most active and women with children were the least active. The level of economic activity is substantially lower for mothers with large families, especially if one of the children is three years old or younger. The least qualified mothers are the least active in the labour market. The discrepancies between the activity levels of the most and least qualified women tend to increase with the number of children in the household.

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No 1171
Paru le : 15/01/2008