Table 4. Families with own children: Employment status of parents by age of youngest child and family type, 2015-2016 annual averages

Table 4. Families with own children: Employment status of parents by age of youngest child and family type, 2015-2016 annual averages [Numbers in thousands]
Characteristic Number Percent distribution
2015 2016 2015 2016

WITH OWN CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS

Total families

34,363 34,206 100.0 100.0

Parent(s) employed

30,672 30,671 89.3 89.7

No parent employed

3,692 3,534 10.7 10.3

Married-couple families(1)

Total

23,401 23,125 100.0 100.0

Parent(s) employed

22,631 22,379 96.7 96.8

Mother employed

15,420 15,377 65.9 66.5

Both parents employed

14,174 14,123 60.6 61.1

Mother employed, not father

1,246 1,254 5.3 5.4

Father employed, not mother

7,211 7,001 30.8 30.3

Neither parent employed

771 746 3.3 3.2

Families maintained by mother(2)

Total

8,505 8,538 100.0 100.0

Mother employed

6,024 6,191 70.8 72.5

Mother not employed

2,481 2,347 29.2 27.5

Families maintained by father(2)

Total

2,457 2,544 100.0 100.0

Father employed

2,017 2,102 82.1 82.6

Father not employed

440 442 17.9 17.4

WITH OWN CHILDREN 6 TO 17 YEARS, NONE YOUNGER

Total families

19,774 19,774 100.0 100.0

Parent(s) employed

17,762 17,814 89.8 90.1

No parent employed

2,012 1,960 10.2 9.9

Married-couple families(1)

Total

13,306 13,105 100.0 100.0

Parent(s) employed

12,842 12,649 96.5 96.5

Mother employed

9,363 9,284 70.4 70.8

Both parents employed

8,565 8,483 64.4 64.7

Mother employed, not father

798 801 6.0 6.1

Father employed, not mother

3,479 3,365 26.1 25.7

Neither parent employed

464 456 3.5 3.5

Families maintained by mother(2)

Total

5,080 5,189 100.0 100.0

Mother employed

3,790 3,955 74.6 76.2

Mother not employed

1,290 1,234 25.4 23.8

Families maintained by father(2)

Total

1,388 1,481 100.0 100.0

Father employed

1,130 1,211 81.4 81.8

Father not employed

258 270 18.6 18.2

WITH OWN CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS

Total families

14,589 14,432 100.0 100.0

Parent(s) employed

12,910 12,857 88.5 89.1

No parent employed

1,680 1,575 11.5 10.9

Married-couple families(1)

Total

10,096 10,020 100.0 100.0

Parent(s) employed

9,789 9,730 97.0 97.1

Mother employed

6,057 6,093 60.0 60.8

Both parents employed

5,609 5,640 55.6 56.3

Mother employed, not father

448 453 4.4 4.5

Father employed, not mother

3,732 3,637 37.0 36.3

Neither parent employed

307 290 3.0 2.9

Families maintained by mother(2)

Total

3,425 3,349 100.0 100.0

Mother employed

2,234 2,236 65.2 66.8

Mother not employed

1,191 1,113 34.8 33.2

Families maintained by father(2)

Total

1,069 1,063 100.0 100.0

Father employed

887 891 83.0 83.8

Father not employed

182 172 17.0 16.2

Footnotes
(1) Refers to opposite-sex married-couple families only.
(2) No opposite-sex spouse present.

NOTE: Own children include sons, daughters, step-children, and adopted children. Not included are nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and other related and unrelated children. Detail may not sum to totals due to rounding. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.

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