Employment and unemployment of fathers without spouses

June 18, 2010

In 2009, there were 2,231,000 families maintained by men with children under age 18 and no spouse present.

Employment status of fathers by age of youngest child, families maintained by men, 2008–09
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The father was employed in 76.6 percent of these families, down from 82.8 percent in 2008. In 2009, the father was unemployed in the remaining 23.4 percent of these families, up from 17.2 percent in 2008.

These data are from the Current Population Survey program. See "Employment Characteristics of Families — 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-0721, to learn more.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment and unemployment of fathers without spouses on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2010/ted_20100618.htm (visited July 01, 2016).

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