More women enter German labour market

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13 September 2004 , WIESBADEN - The number of women job-holders in Germany increased 0.5 percent in the second quarter of the year, with much of the employment in lower-paying jobs in the services sector, officials reported. The Federal Statistics Office said there were 18 million working women, an increase of 82,000 from the second quarter of 2003. The increase came while the number of male workers declined by 194,000 to 20.2 million, down 1.0 percent from the second quarter last year, the office report

13 September 2004   

WIESBADEN - The number of women job-holders in Germany increased 0.5 percent in the second quarter of the year, with much of the employment in lower-paying jobs in the services sector, officials reported.

The Federal Statistics Office said there were 18 million working women, an increase of 82,000 from the second quarter of 2003.

The increase came while the number of male workers declined by 194,000 to 20.2 million, down 1.0 percent from the second quarter last year, the office reported.

The office said that Germany's services sector is the sole branch sill creating jobs, with 55.5 per cent of services jobs held by women. Often, these positions are low-paying positions.

Women make of 64.3 percent of the work force in kindergartens, hospitals and social and health services, the office said.

Roughly even parity exists between women and men in the retail, tourism, transport, banking and insurance areas of Germany's services sector, it said.

The manufacturing sector, which has been steadily shedding jobs over the years, is still mainly a male domain, the office data showed. Only 15 percent of construction jobs and 30 percent of industrial jobs are held by women.

The office also noted that about one-third of Germany's 4.3 million self-employed persons were women. In this category, about 80 percent of self-employed women were found in the services sector.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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