Employment Picture for US Families

USA Employment Characteristics of Families Summary, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

As the country struggles with high unemployment rate, more and more families are impacted by the current economic downturn. Here are some interesting facts from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (US Department of Labor) on family level employment in USA:

  • More and more families have at least one of the family member out of work.
  • The share of families with an unemployed member rose from 7.8 percent in 2008 to 12.0 percent in 2009.
  • The proportion of families with an unemployed member in 2009 was at its highest level since the data tracking began in 1994.
  • Of the nation’s 78.4 million families, 80.4 percent had at least one employed member in 2009, down by 1.8 percentage points from 2008.
  • There were 9.4 million families with at least one unemployed member in 2009, up from 6.1 million in 2008. in 2009.
  • Black and Hispanic families were more likely to have an unemployed member (17.4 and 16.9 percent, respectively) than were white (11.1 percent) and Asian (11.4 percent) families in 2009.
  • The share of families with an employed member was lower in 2009 (80.4 percent) than in 2008 (82.2 percent). The likelihood of having an employed family member declined over the year for families of all major race and ethnicity groups.
  • The percent of the population working or looking for work mothers with children under 18 was 71.4 percent in 2009, un-changed from 2008.
  • Mothers with younger children are less likely to be in the labor force than mothers with older children.

For more detail on US unemployment and the related stats, you may want to take a look at Employment Characteristics of Families Summary

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