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ECLAC warns about gender gaps in labor market

Santiago, Chile, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The increase in women's participation in the regional labor market has slowed down and historic gender gaps has persisted in the last decade, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) warned in a report.

The report on the social panorama of the region indicates that while in 2022 the inclusion rate of men in the labor market was 74.5 percent, for women it barely reached 51.9, a difference of 22. 6 percent.

Regarding the unemployment rate, for women it is 8.6 percent, compared to 5.8 for men. The main barrier to labor inclusion is the care workload, the report stated. The study also reveals that domestic work represents one of the main sources of work for women, but the average income is half of the one earned by those who have other types of jobs.

The gaps remain despite women’s achievements in education, an aspect in which they surpassed men, not only in secondary studies, but also in higher education.

This reflects that the obstacles to join the labor market and access better positions and salaries do not respond to differences related to years of schooling, the report states.

On the other hand, although the tasks associated with caring children, people with disabilities and older adults fall on women, is one of the barriers to access a well-paid job throughout life, the document adds.

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