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December 1983, Vol. 106, No. 12
work and income patterns
Today's married-couple familieswhether white, black, or Hispanicsupply the U.S. labor force with most of its workers. By the turn of the centurya little less than two decades from nowmost of these men, women, and children will still be alive. A clearer understanding of the current status of work patterns in white and minority families permits valuable insights into the nature of work and the family and needs of the family in the closing years of this century.
This article deals with white, black, and Hispanic married-couple families, highlighting their current work-income profiles and exploring briefly some of the major differences. More than 8 of 10 white families are married couples, as are 5 of 10 black families and 7 of 10 Hispanic families. Together these families supply about 71 percent of the Nation's workers. The data used were obtained primarily from supplemental questions to the March 193 Current Population Survey.1
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1 The Current Population Survey (CPS), conducted for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the Bureau of the Census, is a monthly sample survey of some 60,000 households in the United States. The information obtained from this survey relates to the employment status of persons 16 years old and over in the civilian noninstitutional population. In the March survey, taken each year, supplemental information is obtained annually regarding earnings and income as well as the work experience of individuals in the prior year. Data on persons from the March surveys are tabulated by marital and family status.
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