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Nationally, 419,254 children aged 5 to 17 years were engaged in economic activity1 during the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC): 76,439 children aged 5 to 9 years, 153,189 aged 10 to 14 years, and 189,626 aged 15 to 17 years. Children aged 5 to 17 years worked on average 29.2 hours in the seven days preceding Census Night. Children 15 to 17 years worked an average of 35.2 hours, children 10 to 14 years worked an average of 26.5 hours (about 5 hours per weekday), and children 5 to 9 years worked an average of 19.8 hours (about 4 hours per weekday). Children engaged as paid apprentices worked the highest number of hours on average (48.4), almost twice that of those engaged as contributing family workers who worked the lowest hours on average (25.0). Children in the service sector worked 36.8 hours on average, while those in the agricultural sector worked an average of 25.6 hours. Nationally, 153,773 children aged 5 to 17 years engaged in economic activity had never attended school. Out of this number, 37,963 children were 5 to 9 years. In all, 94,748 children aged 5 to 17 years engaged in economic activity were also attending school during the census.