South West is English region with highest percentage of mothers in work

The employment rate for mothers increased from 68.9% to 74.0% between 2013 and 2018, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics. 

Half of mothers (50.5%) work 30 or more hours a week compared with over two thirds (69.7%) of women without dependent children. 

In 2018, almost three-quarters (72.5%) of families where both parents lived together had both parents in employment with almost half (45.5%) of these families having both parents in full-time employment.

The South West was the English region with the highest percentage of mothers in work (79.7%), while London had the lowest percentage of mothers in work (65.8%). 

The full Families and the labour market, England: 2018 statistical bulletin is available here.

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