How many moms are working? Here is a recent study on working moms released by the Bureau of Labor Stats (study released March 2011).
Working Mother Stats – How Many Moms are Working?
The labor force participation rate–the percent of the population working or looking
for work–for all mothers with children under 18 was 70.8 percent in 2010, down from
71.4 percent in 2009. In 2010, the participation rate for married mothers with a
spouse present (68.9 percent) remained lower than the rate for mothers with other
marital statuses (75.0 percent). Married mothers were about as likely to be employed
as mothers with other marital statuses in 2010, but their unemployment rate was
substantially lower–6.3 percent, compared with 14.6 percent for mothers with other
marital statuses. Unemployment rates increased from 2009 to 2010 for mothers of all
marital statuses. (See table 5.)
Mothers with younger children are less likely to be in the labor force than mothers
with older children. In 2010, the labor force participation rate of mothers with
children under 6 years old (63.9 percent) was lower than the rate of those whose
youngest child was 6 to 17 years old (76.5 percent). The participation rate of mothers
with infants under a year old was 56.5 percent. Among mothers with infants, there was
little difference in the participation rate of married mothers (56.3 percent) and
those with other marital statuses (57.0 percent). However, the unemployment rate for
married mothers of infants, at 7.1 percent, was significantly lower than the rate for
mothers with other marital statuses (22.5 percent). (See tables 5 and 6.)
The study does not state whether these are full-time working moms or part-time working moms My assumption would be either or.
Do these stats ring true with your friends? Are your friends mostly working moms or mostly stay at home moms?