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Table 2. Families by presence and relationship of employed members and family type, 2019-2020 annual averages

Table 2. Families by presence and relationship of employed members and family type, 2019-2020 annual averages [Numbers in thousands]
Characteristic Number Percent distribution
2019 2020 2019 2020

TOTAL MARRIED-COUPLE FAMILIES(1)

Total

60,975 61,375 100.0 100.0

With at least one family member employed

49,625 48,279 81.4 78.7

With only one spouse employed

18,158 19,197 29.8 31.3

With both spouses employed

30,333 27,921 49.7 45.5

Other employment combinations

3,943 3,950 6.5 6.4

With no family member employed

11,350 13,096 18.6 21.3

Opposite-sex married-couple families

Total

60,449 60,804 100.0 100.0

With at least one family member employed

49,162 47,785 81.3 78.6

Husband only

11,108 11,644 18.4 19.1

Wife only

4,123 4,614 6.8 7.6

Husband and wife

30,003 27,591 49.6 45.4

Other employment combinations

3,929 3,937 6.5 6.5

With no family member employed

11,287 13,018 18.7 21.4

FAMILIES MAINTAINED BY WOMEN(2)

Total

15,188 14,826 100.0 100.0

With at least one family member employed

11,938 11,089 78.6 74.8

Householder only

6,138 5,879 40.4 39.7

Householder and other member(s)

3,520 3,108 23.2 21.0

Other member(s), not householder

2,280 2,102 15.0 14.2

With no family member employed

3,250 3,737 21.4 25.2

FAMILIES MAINTAINED BY MEN(2)

Total

6,944 6,943 100.0 100.0

With at least one family member employed

5,940 5,627 85.5 81.1

Householder only

2,709 2,706 39.0 39.0

Householder and other member(s)

2,244 1,959 32.3 28.2

Other member(s), not householder

987 963 14.2 13.9

With no family member employed

1,004 1,315 14.5 18.9

Footnotes
(1) Beginning with data for 2019, includes both opposite-sex and same-sex married-couple families. Prior to 2019, included opposite-sex married-couple families only.
(2) Beginning with data for 2019, includes families with no spouse of either sex present. Prior to 2019, included only families with no opposite-sex spouse present.

NOTE: In families maintained by women or men with no spouse present, householder refers to the woman or man maintaining the family. Detail may not sum to totals due to rounding. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data. Family estimates reflect a change in the classification of marital status. Data for 2019 and 2020 incorporate this change into the definition of families, which expands the definition of married-couple families to include same-sex married couples. As a result, data under the new definition are not strictly comparable with data for previous years. Data for 2019 in this news release incorporate the new definition; therefore, 2019 estimates shown here do not match those published in the "Employment Characteristics of Families--2019" news release and in the BLS online database.

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Last Modified Date: April 21, 2021