Monday, June 17, 2013

Employment-Related Stats on Parents

In honor of Father's Day this past weekend, here are a couple of employment-related stats we found about dads on the Pew Research website:
  • The Census Bureau estimates that there were roughly 189,000 stay-at-home dads last year. These fathers had children under the age of 15, and stayed out of the labor force for at least a year to care for the family.
  • More than three-quarters of new fathers took one week or less away from work after the birth or adoption of their most recent child. This study included a small number of large firms.
  • In 2011, fathers between the ages of 18 and 64 with children at home spent an average of 37.1 hours per week on paid work, 9.8 hours on house work, and 7.3 hours per week on child care.
Let's not leave out the ladies here. Pew also offers some recent research on working mothers:
  • In 2011, mothers between the ages of 18 and 64 with children at home spend an average of 21.4 hours on paid work, 17.8 hours on house work, and 13.5 hours on child care.
  • As of 2011, a record 40 percent of all households with children under the age of 18 had mothers who were either the sole or primary source of income for the family.
  • These "breadwinner moms" consisted of two distinctly different age groups: 5.1 million were married mothers with a higher income than their spouse, while 8.6 million were single mothers.
You can find more information at the Pew Research page.

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