Decline in married-couple families with both spouses employed

April 04, 2002

The proportion of all married-couple families in which both the husband and the wife were employed declined by 0.5 percentage point in 2001 to 52.7 percent.

Distribution of married-couple families by presence of employed members, 2001
[Chart data—TXT]

The proportion of all married-couple families in which only the husband worked edged up to 19.4 percent in 2001, from 19.2 percent in 2000. The proportion in which only the wife worked increased by 0.4 percentage point, to 5.8 percent in 2001.

These data are a product of the Current Employment Statistics and Current Population Survey. Learn more in "Employment Characteristics of Families in 2001" news release USDL 02-175.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Decline in married-couple families with both spouses employed on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2002/apr/wk1/art04.htm (visited June 30, 2016).

OF INTEREST

Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.