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Table 3. Unemployment in families by presence and relationship of employed members and family type, 2020-2021 annual averages

Table 3. Unemployment in families by presence and relationship of employed members and family type, 2020-2021 annual averages [Numbers in thousands]
Characteristic Number Percent distribution
2020 2021 2020 2021

TOTAL MARRIED-COUPLE FAMILIES(1)

With at least one family member unemployed, total

5,292 3,313 100.0 100.0

Employment of family members

Some family member(s) employed

4,031 2,602 76.2 78.5

No family member employed

1,261 711 23.8 21.5

Unemployment of family members

At least one spouse unemployed(2)

3,920 2,340 74.1 70.6

One spouse employed

2,632 1,633 49.7 49.3

Other family member(s) unemployed

1,371 972 25.9 29.4

Opposite-sex married-couple families

With at least one family member unemployed, total

5,237 3,279 100.0 100.0

Employment of family members

Some family member(s) employed

3,990 2,574 76.2 78.5

No family member employed

1,247 705 23.8 21.5

Unemployment of family members

Husband unemployed(3)

2,041 1,314 39.0 40.1

Wife employed

1,096 784 20.9 23.9

Wife unemployed, husband employed or not in labor force

1,835 994 35.0 30.3

Husband employed

1,506 824 28.8 25.1

Other family member(s) unemployed

1,361 971 26.0 29.6

FAMILIES MAINTAINED BY WOMEN(4)

With at least one family member unemployed, total

1,890 1,528 100.0 100.0

Employment of family members

Some family member(s) employed

943 745 49.9 48.7

No family member employed

947 783 50.1 51.3

Unemployment of family members

Householder unemployed

942 749 49.8 49.0

Other member(s) employed

266 185 14.1 12.1

Other family member(s) unemployed

948 780 50.2 51.0

FAMILIES MAINTAINED BY MEN(4)

With at least one family member unemployed, total

942 753 100.0 100.0

Employment of family members

Some family member(s) employed

518 425 55.0 56.4

No family member employed

424 328 45.0 43.6

Unemployment of family members

Householder unemployed

559 456 59.4 60.6

Other member(s) employed

218 187 23.2 24.8

Other family member(s) unemployed

383 296 40.6 39.4

Footnotes
(1) Includes both opposite-sex and same-sex married-couple families.
(2) Includes families with both spouses unemployed.
(3) Total opposite-sex married couple families with unemployed husbands, including those with unemployed wives.
(4) Includes families with no spouse of either sex 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. Beginning in 2020, family estimates reflect a change in the classification of marital status. This change expanded 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 prior to 2020.

Last Modified Date: April 20, 2022