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No. 101
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Title (No. 388) The Number of Discouraged Workers Amounted to 185 Thousand Women and 262 Thousand Men in 2016
Date 2017-10-16


This graph demonstrates the trends in the number of discouraged workers* by sex in the period of 2008-2016. 'A discouraged worker' refers to an individual who is capable of and has sought employment for the last one year but is currently not actively seeking a job for the recent four weeks. The numbers of female and male discouraged workers have increased more than three times respectively: from 47,000 women and 71,000 men in 2008 to 185,000 women and 262,000 women in 2016.

Looking closely, the number of female discouraged workers increased from 47,000 persons to 88,000 persons in 2010, but showed a downward trend for the next three years and amounted to 63,000 persons in 2013. However, it skyrocketed with more than 100,000 persons and marked 166,000 persons. In 2015, the number increased again to 202,000 persons then slightly decreased to 185,000 persons in 2016.

The number of male discouraged workers showed a similar trend. It surged from 71,000 persons to 132,000 persons from 2008 to 2010, but dropped to 109,000 in 2013. However, in 2014, the number more than doubled to 229,000 persons. In 2015, it also showed an increase to 262,000 persons and remained almost unchanged in 2016.

* A discouraged worker: a person who is capable of and has sought employment for the last one year, but is currently not actively seeking a job for the recent four weeks due to the labor market circumstances.

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