Friday, April 25, 2014



IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau





[2013 data will appear soon in PDF]


In 2013, 9.6 percent of families included an unemployed person, down from 10.5 percent

in 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Of the nation's 80.4

million families, 80.0 percent had at least one employed member in 2013.


These data on employment, unemployment, and family relationships are collected as part

of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly sample survey of approximately 60,000

households. Data in this release are annual averages. Families are classified either

as married-couple families or as families maintained by women or men without spouses

present. Unless otherwise noted, families include those without children as well as

those with children under age 18. For further information, see the Technical Note.


Families and Unemployment


The number of families with at least one member unemployed decreased to 7.7 million in

2013 from 8.4 million in 2012. The proportion of families with an unemployed member

decreased to 9.6 percent in 2013. Black and Hispanic families remained more likely to

have an unemployed member in 2013 (16.0 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively) than

white and Asian families (8.5 percent and 7.8 percent, respectively). (See table 1.)


Two-thirds (67.6 percent) of families with an unemployed member in 2013 also had at

least one family member who was employed, essentially unchanged from 2012. Among

families with an unemployed family member, 4.5 million, or 58.0 percent, also had at

least one family member who was employed full time. (See table 1.)


Among married-couple families with an unemployed member, the proportion of families with

at least one employed family member was 79.4 percent in 2013, down from 80.2 percent in

2012. Among families maintained by men (no spouse present) with an unemployed member,

56.4 percent had an employed member in 2013; for families maintained by women (no spouse

present), the proportion was 47.4 percent. Both proportions increased from 2012. (See

table 3.)


Families and Employment


The share of families with an employed member was unchanged at 80.0 percent in 2013. The

likelihood of having an employed family member rose in 2013 for Asian families (to 88.8

percent) and for Hispanic families (to 85.1 percent). The likelihood for white and black

families showed little or no change (80.1 percent and 75.7 percent, respectively).

(See table 1.)


In 2013, families maintained by women with no spouse present remained less likely to have

an employed member (73.3 percent) than married-couple families (81.5 percent) or families

maintained by men with no spouse present (81.7 percent). Both the husband and wife were

employed in 47.4 percent of married-couple families in 2013. The husband was the only

worker in 20.1 percent of married-couple families, and the wife was the only worker in

7.8 percent of these families. (See table 2.)


AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....




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