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Ireland: stay-at-home mothers decreasing in number

June 29, 2012

The number of Irish women staying at home to raise their children has been dropping steadily, at a rate of about 10,000 per year, a new study shows.

The latest Irish census found 230,645 married women working in their homes, a drop of nearly 13% since the previous census in 2006. That decline occurred despite a jump in the unemployment rate, which should theoretically have left more women at home. In 1986, the census showed 653,398 Irish women caring for their children at home.

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