Women in Work Force – Part 3 (short update)

This is in continuation to the earlier posts which can be found here- Part 1 and Part 2.

One of the justifications advanced for women leaving the work force is that they join the part-time labour force. Let us analyze the past years data on Current Weekly Activity Status Approach (cws). According to the CWS approach, a person is considered as a worker if he/she has performed any economic activity for at least 1 hour on any day of the reference week. For details please refer this link.

As per the CWS Approach the number of women participants in the labour force have reduced by 20% from 2004 to 2012[i]

Female-LFPR- current weekly activity status

Male-LFPR-current weekly activity status

Do feel free to comment and hypothesize any other reason for this trend.


[i] NSSO employment surveys 60, 62, 64, 66 and 68. Current Weekly Activity Status (cws) approach data. (Participation rate per 1,000)

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2 Responses to Women in Work Force – Part 3 (short update)

  1. It is a wonderful statistic, which should help in busting the myths that women take care of work as well as home. Can we link the withdrawal of women from workforce to the fact that the general quality of life has improved.
    We find more women working in the lower strata of the society, with lesser participation from the higher classes. This would mean more women are living a better life now than their peers from earlier generations.

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