Employment status of parents, 2011
April 27, 2012
Among married-couple families with children, 95.8 percent had an employed parent in 2011, little changed from the prior year. The share of married-couple families where both parents worked edged up to 58.5 percent in 2011. The share of married-couple families where the father was employed (and the mother was not) was 30.4 percent; the share where the mother was employed (and the father was not) was 6.9 percent.
The mother was employed in 65.9 percent of families with children maintained by women with no spouse present in 2011. The father was employed in 79.6 percent of families maintained by men with no spouse present.
Mothers with younger children are less likely to be employed than mothers with older children. The mother was employed in 58.6 percent of families with children under 6 years old maintained by women with no spouse present in 2011.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Employment Characteristics of Families — 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-0771. Own children include sons, daughters, step-children, and adopted children. Not included are nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and other related and unrelated children.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment status of parents, 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120427.htm (visited September 28, 2016).
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