Employment characteristics of families, 2012
April 30, 2013
Among married-couple families with children under 18 years of age, 96.3 percent had at least one employed parent in 2012 (compared with 95.8 percent the previous year). The share of married-couple families with children where both parents worked was 59.0 percent.
|Age of children||Both parents employed||Mother employed, not father||Father employed, not mother||Neither parent employed|
6 to 17 years
Under 6 years
The share of married-couple families with children ages 6 to 17 where both parents worked was 62.4 percent. For the same age range, the share of married-couple families where only the father was employed was 26.5 percent. The share of married-couple families with children under 6 years of age where only the father was employed was 36.3 percent.
Among families maintained by mothers with no spouse present, the mother was employed in 67.1 percent of families in 2012. Among families maintained by fathers with no spouse present, the father was employed in 81.6 percent of families in 2012.
|Age of children||Families maintained by mother||Families maintained by father|
|Mother employed||Mother not employed||Father employed||Father not employed|
6 to 17 years
Under 6 years
Among families maintained by mothers with no spouse present, the mother was employed in 72.1 percent of families in which the youngest child was ages 6 to 17; the mother was employed in 59.9 percent of families in which the youngest child was under 6 years of age in 2012. Among families maintained by fathers with no spouse present, regardless of the age of the children, the likelihood of the father being employed was in the range of 81 to 82 percent.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Employment Characteristics of Families — 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑0730. 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 characteristics of families, 2012 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130430.htm (visited April 25, 2017).
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