Fewer families with children under 18 have employed parent
May 02, 2006
Among the 35.4 million families with children under 18, 90.2 percent had an employed parent in 2005, down by 0.3 percentage point from 2004.
This proportion has trended down since its most recent peak of 92.0 percent in 2000.
In 2005, the mother was employed in 71.2 percent of families maintained by women, and the father was employed in 83.1 percent of those maintained by men. Among married-couple families, 97.1 percent had an employed parent in 2005.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. To learn more, see Employment Characteristics of Families in 2005 (PDF) (TXT), USDL news release 06-731.
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