Shocking statistics: One in five families in the U.S. - no one works
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/29/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
When one thinks of the U.S. economy, one tends to think of a "leisure class" being made up by those who have amassed millions and can now glide through life on their laurels. That has proven not to be particularly true . In 20 percent of American families in 2013, according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistic, or BLS, not one member of the family worked.
An elderly couple, in which both the husband and wife are retired, would count as a family in which no one held a job.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As defined by the BLS, a family is a group of two or more people who live together and who are related by birth, adoption or marriage. There were 80,445,000 families in the United States and in 16,127,000, or 20 percent, no one had a job.
A person is designated as "employed" if "during the survey reference week" they "(a) did any work at all as paid employees; (b) worked in their own business, profession, or on their own farm; (c) or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of the family."
Members of these 16,127,000 families in which no one held jobs could have been either unemployed or not in the labor force. An unemployed person is given that designation if they did not have a job but were actively seeking one. BLS designates someone as not in the labor force if they did not have a job and were not actively seeking one. For example, an elderly couple, in which both the husband and wife are retired, would count as a family in which no one held a job.
Of the 80,445,000 families in the U.S. in 2013, there were 7,685,000, or about 9.6 percent, in which at least one family member unemployed.
The bureau has been tracking data on employment in families since 1995, in which the percent of families in which no one had a job was 18.8 percent. The percentage hit an all-time high of 20.2 percent in 2011. It held steady at 20 percent in in 2012 and 2013.
The study was based on Census Bureau's Current Population Survey of the civilian non-institutional population, which includes people 16 and older, who are not on active duty in the military or in an institution such as a prison, nursing home or mental hospital.
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