Error on Page

TED: The Editor's Desk image
FONT SIZE:Minus Font SizePlus Font Size PRINT: Print

Employment of mothers with infants

June 08, 1999

The employment of mothers with infants—children under 1 year—was little changed last year, at 53.6 percent. However, among married mothers with infants, the proportion with jobs fell by more than a percentage point, to 55.2 percent.

Employment of mothers with children under 1 year old, 1997 and 1998
[Chart data—TXT]

In contrast, mothers with other marital statuses experienced a large gain in employment. Last year, 48.4 percent of them worked for pay, up from 43.4 percent in 1997. This rise, combined with the decline in jobholding by married mothers, narrowed the difference in employment by marital status.

Mothers of infants increasingly worked part time in 1998. Of the married mothers, 32.7 percent with jobs were part-time workers, compared to 31.5 percent in 1997. Of the other mothers with jobs, 35.7 percent had part-time schedules last year, compared with 35.5 percent in 1997.

These data on the employment of mothers are produced by the Current Population Survey. "Other marital status" includes never-married, divorced, separated, and widowed. More information can be found in "Employment characteristics of families in 1998," news release USDL 99-146.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Employment of mothers with infants on the Internet at (visited September 16, 2014).


Spotlight on Statistics: Productivity

This edition of Spotlight on Statistics examines labor productivity trends from 2000 through 2010 for selected industries and sectors within the nonfarm business sector of the U.S. economy.  Read more »  

Recommend this page using: