Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment status of parents, 2011

April 27, 2012

Among married-couple families with children, 95.8 percent had an employed parent in 2011, little changed from the prior year. The share of married-couple families where both parents worked edged up to 58.5 percent in 2011. The share of married-couple families where the father was employed (and the mother was not) was 30.4 percent; the share where the mother was employed (and the father was not) was 6.9 percent.

Employment status of parents with own children under 18 years of age, by family type, 2011

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Families with children by employment status of parents, age of youngest child, and family type, 2011
Family typeFamilies with own children under 18 yearsFamilies with own children 6 to 17 years, none youngerFamilies with own children under 6 years

Married-couple families

   

Total

100.0100.0100.0

Both parents employed

58.562.953.0

Mother employed, not father

6.97.66.1

Father employed, not mother

30.425.336.7

Neither parent employed

4.24.24.2

Families maintained by mother

   

Total

100.0100.0100.0

Mother employed

65.970.958.6

Mother not employed

34.129.141.4

Families maintained by father

   

Total

100.0100.0100.0

Father employed

79.679.979.2

Father not employed

20.420.120.8

These data are featured in the TED article, Employment status of parents, 2011.

Employment status of parents with own children 16 to 17 years of age, none younger, by family type, 2011

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Families with children by employment status of parents, age of youngest child, and family type, 2011
Family typeFamilies with own children under 18 yearsFamilies with own children 6 to 17 years, none youngerFamilies with own children under 6 years

Married-couple families

   

Total

100.0100.0100.0

Both parents employed

58.562.953.0

Mother employed, not father

6.97.66.1

Father employed, not mother

30.425.336.7

Neither parent employed

4.24.24.2

Families maintained by mother

   

Total

100.0100.0100.0

Mother employed

65.970.958.6

Mother not employed

34.129.141.4

Families maintained by father

   

Total

100.0100.0100.0

Father employed

79.679.979.2

Father not employed

20.420.120.8

These data are featured in the TED article, Employment status of parents, 2011.

Employment status of parents with own children under 6 years of age, by family type, 2011

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Families with children by employment status of parents, age of youngest child, and family type, 2011
Family typeFamilies with own children under 18 yearsFamilies with own children 6 to 17 years, none youngerFamilies with own children under 6 years

Married-couple families

   

Total

100.0100.0100.0

Both parents employed

58.562.953.0

Mother employed, not father

6.97.66.1

Father employed, not mother

30.425.336.7

Neither parent employed

4.24.24.2

Families maintained by mother

   

Total

100.0100.0100.0

Mother employed

65.970.958.6

Mother not employed

34.129.141.4

Families maintained by father

   

Total

100.0100.0100.0

Father employed

79.679.979.2

Father not employed

20.420.120.8

These data are featured in the TED article, Employment status of parents, 2011.

The mother was employed in 65.9 percent of families with children maintained by women with no spouse present in 2011. The father was employed in 79.6 percent of families maintained by men with no spouse present.

Mothers with younger children are less likely to be employed than mothers with older children. The mother was employed in 58.6 percent of families with children under 6 years old maintained by women with no spouse present in 2011.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Employment Characteristics of Families — 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-0771. Own children include sons, daughters, step-children, and adopted children. Not included are nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and other related and unrelated children.

 

 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment status of parents, 2011 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120427.htm (visited July 31, 2021).

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