October 09, 2009 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Labor force participation of women and mothers, 2008

Labor force participation, civilian noninstitutional population 16 years and over by sex, 19752008
Year Percent of population
Women Men

1975

46.3 77.9

1976

47.3 77.5

1977

48.4 77.7

1978

50.0 77.9

1979

50.9 77.8

1980

51.5 77.4

1981

52.1 77.0

1982

52.6 76.6

1983

52.9 76.4

1984

53.6 76.4

1985

54.5 76.3

1986

55.3 76.3

1987

56.0 76.2

1988

56.6 76.2

1989

57.4 76.4

1990

57.5 76.4

1991

57.4 75.8

1992

57.8 75.8

1993

57.9 75.4

1994

58.8 75.1

1995

58.9 75.0

1996

59.3 74.9

1997

59.8 75.0

1998

59.8 74.9

1999

60.0 74.7

2000

59.9 74.8

2001

59.8 74.4

2002

59.6 74.1

2003

59.5 73.5

2004

59.2 73.3

2005

59.3 73.3

2006

59.4 73.5

2007

59.3 73.2

2008

59.5 73.0

These data featured in the TED article, Labor force participation of women and mothers, 2008.

Labor force participation of women by presence and age of youngest child, March 19752008
Year Percent of population
With children under age 18 With children ages 6 to 17, none younger With children under age 6 With children under age 3 With no children under age 18

1975

47.4 54.9 39.0 34.3 45.1

1976

48.8 56.2 40.1 34.1 45.7

1977

50.8 58.3 41.2 35.4 46.4

1978

53.0 60.0 44.0 39.4 47.0

1979

54.5 61.6 45.7 41.1 48.6

1980

56.6 64.3 46.8 41.9 48.1

1981

58.1 65.5 48.9 44.3 48.7

1982

58.5 65.8 49.9 45.6 48.6

1983

58.9 66.3 50.5 46.0 48.7

1984

60.5 68.1 52.1 47.6 49.3

1985

62.1 69.9 53.5 49.5 50.4

1986

62.8 70.4 54.4 50.8 50.5

1987

64.7 72.0 56.7 52.9 50.5

1988

65.1 73.3 56.1 52.4 51.2

1989

65.7 74.2 56.7 52.4 51.9

1990

66.7 74.7 58.2 53.6 52.3

1991

66.6 74.4 58.4 54.5 52.0

1992

67.2 75.9 58.0 54.5 52.3

1993

66.9 75.4 57.9 53.9 52.1

1994

68.4 76.0 60.3 57.1 53.1

1995

69.7 76.4 62.3 58.7 52.9

1996

70.2 77.2 62.3 59.0 53.0

1997

72.1 78.1 65.0 61.8 53.6

1998

72.3 78.4 65.2 62.2 54.1

1999

72.1 78.5 64.4 60.7 54.3

2000

72.9 79.0 65.3 61.0 54.8

2001

72.7 79.4 64.4 60.7 54.4

2002

72.2 78.6 64.1 60.5 54.0

2003

71.7 78.7 62.9 58.7 54.1

2004

70.7 77.5 62.2 57.3 53.8

2005

70.5 76.9 62.6 58.9 53.5

2006

70.6 76.9 63.0 59.9 53.6

2007

71.3 77.7 63.5 60.1 53.9

2008

71.2 77.5 63.6 59.6 54.3

These data featured in the TED article, Labor force participation of women and mothers, 2008.

 

 

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