It probably has to do a lot with the fact that women have to work in order to help support the family so there are a lot more kids coming home to an empty house… not necessarily a positive the statistics need to be broken down better to give a more accurate indication .
It could also mean that there are a lot more house husbands who stay home while the wife works
It looks like ours went up during the Clark years and then tailed off. The US one went downhill after Obama was elected, like many other things. It’s just a good time right now for people to be comparing themselves to the US, even more so if they contrast that with the same comparison after eight years of the Reagan administration.
I’ve always said that Helen increased the public service by 47% to hide all the ‘modern young kiwi women’ from uni who had near worthless ‘studies degrees’.
They would have remained on the dole with student debt. Instead they now have government ‘jobs’ and the tax payer foots the entire bill.
Has the population increased 47% – no!
Has government provided a 47% increase in government services – no!
It was a booby trap planted by Helen – if National decreases the public service – then there is a ‘war on women’!
And that is why Key & National hasn’t decreased the public service – at all!!!
@ dime (9,133 comments) says:
June 23rd, 2014 at 1:43 pm
Believe me, if a mother is looking after ‘spawn’ at home, even if they are little angels, she’s working. She just doesn’t get an hourly rate for it, because if anyone started to examine the hours and the working conditions, they’d realise that being a stay at home Mum, whilst a great privilege, also has lousy monetary remuneration.
Interesting enough participation rises around the time of the housing boom so if a couple want to buy a house then both have to work. Not quite a feminist/progressive/zionist conspiracy that some would make out.