5. Mothers of families with several children stay at home more often than before

Apart from the age of children, their number also influences the employment of mothers (Figure 6). In families with one and two children, around three in four mothers are working. When there are at least three children, only slightly over one-half of mothers are working.

Mothers who have no employment contract and who said their principal activity was child care can be considered stay-at-home mothers. Interpreted like this, six per cent of mothers with one or two children can be classified as stay-at-home mothers. Almost one in four of mothers with more children are stay-at-home mothers. Among all families with children, around one-fifth have at least three children.

Figure 6. Working and family leaves among 20 to 59-year-old mothers by number of children in 2013

Figure 6. Working and family leaves among 20 to 59-year-old mothers by number of children in 2013

Source: Labour Force Survey 2013. Statistics Finland

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Updated 7.10.2014

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