Labor force participation rate of mothers, 1975-2006
December 03, 2007
From 1975 to 2000, the labor force participation rate of mothers with children under age 18 rose from 47 to 73 percent.
By 2004, the rate had receded to about 71 percent, where it has remained through 2006.
In general, mothers with older children (6 to 17 years of age, none younger) are more likely to participate in the labor force than mothers with younger children (under 6 years of age).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Labor force participation rate of mothers, 1975-2006 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/dec/wk1/art01.htm (visited April 24, 2014).