Children laborers account for 9.6 percent workforce in Vietnam

The National Study of Child Workers 2012 by the Ministry of Labor Invalids and Social Affairs and ILO Vietnam revealed that the national workforce is made of up 9.6 percent teenagers ages 15 to 17.

The rate for teenagers working in rural areas is 84.9 percent. This accounts for one-third of all children nationwide. Most underage workers in rural areas do domestic and farm work without pay. Nearly 569,000 children in these areas work over 42 hours per week.

Many children in rural areas drop out of school due to an overwhelming workload, according to the study.

The rate of underage workers in Vietnam is still lower than the average proportion in Asia, according to ILO Vietnam.

By Van Phuc – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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