Home Household chores The value of household chores increased by 36% in 2019 compared to 5 years earlier

The value of household chores increased by 36% in 2019 compared to 5 years earlier

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The value of household chores rose nearly 36% in 2019 from five years earlier, with men’s participation in this work rising amid rising numbers of single-person households and dual-earner families , according to data released on Monday.

The value of housework, such as childcare, meal preparation and cleaning, was 490.9 trillion won ($433 billion) in 2019, up from 361.5 trillion won in 2014 , according to data from Statistics Korea.

The 2019 figure was equivalent to 25.5% of the country’s nominal gross domestic product. This compares to the 23.1% share seen in 2014.

Unpaid housework, calculated as the so-called household satellite account, assesses the value of home services and activities by family members without transactions with markets.

Home maintenance, ranging from meal preparation to cleaning, accounted for 66.6% of unpaid work. Among them, the value of pet and plant care reached 14.5 trillion won, up a sharp 111.2% from 2014.

The share of care for family members reached 22.1 percent, with the value of care for young children rising 16.9 percent to 101 trillion won.

By gender, men’s participation in household chores has increased as the number of single-person households and dual-earner families has increased, according to the statistics agency.

In 2019, the value of unpaid home work provided by men jumped 52.3% to 134.9 trillion won from 2014. The corresponding figure for women rose 30.4% to 356 trillion. of won.

Despite the increased participation of men in household chores, the value of this work provided by women accounted for 72.5% of the total in 2019.

Data showed that the value of household chores per person was 9.49 million won in 2019, up 33.3 percent from five years earlier. (Yonhap)