Press Couples with young children: mothers in full-time employment are an exception

Press release No. 077 of 7 March 2017

WIESBADEN – In couples with children under the age of three, approximately 83% of fathers worked full-time in 2015. However, mothers in full-time employment were rather an exception; their proportion was 10%. To coincide with the International Women's Day on 8 March, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that not more than roughly 8% of the mothers of young children in couples were employed full-time in western Germany. In the eastern part of the country, their proportion was markedly higher (about 21%). In this context, people were only considered to be in employment if they were not on maternity or parental leave.

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