Married-couple families and employment, 2006

May 10, 2007

Among married-couple families, 83.8 percent had an employed member in 2006, unchanged from 2005.

Married-couple families by presence and relationship of employed members, 2006
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The proportion of married-couple families in which only the husband worked declined to 19.8 percent in 2006 from 20.2 percent in 2005. The proportion of married-couple families in which only the wife worked remained at 6.5 percent.

The proportion that was dual-worker couples (both husband and wife employed) rose from 51.3 percent to 51.8 percent.

The proportion of married-family couples in which no family member was employed was 16.2 percent in 2005 and 2006.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see "Employment Characteristics of Families in 2006" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 07-0673. A family is a group of two or more persons residing together who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Married-couple families and employment, 2006 on the Internet at (visited September 29, 2016).


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