May 07, 2010

Labor force participation rates among mothers

Labor force participation rate of mothers, by age of youngest child, March 1975–March 2008
  With children ages 6 to 17 With children under age 6

1975

54.9 39.0

1976

56.2 40.1

1977

58.3 41.2

1978

60.0 44.0

1979

61.6 45.7

1980

64.3 46.8

1981

65.5 48.9

1982

65.8 49.9

1983

66.3 50.5

1984

68.1 52.1

1985

69.9 53.5

1986

70.4 54.4

1987

72.0 56.7

1988

73.3 56.1

1989

74.2 56.7

1990

74.7 58.2

1991

74.4 58.4

1992

75.9 58.0

1993

75.4 57.9

1994

76.0 60.3

1995

76.4 62.3

1996

77.2 62.3

1997

78.1 65.0

1998

78.4 65.2

1999

78.5 64.4

2000

79.0 65.3

2001

79.4 64.4

2002

78.6 64.1

2003

78.7 62.9

2004

77.5 62.2

2005

76.9 62.6

2006

76.9 63.0

2007

77.7 63.5

2008

77.5 63.6

These data featured in the TED article, Labor force participation rates among mothers.