Sunday, December 18, 2011

Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2011 Edition)

The latest edition of the government's Databook on working women is now available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a PDF download (free). With 37 tables that show current (2010) statistics and some that include trends back to the 1970s, the Databook provides a comprehensive overview of women's growing participation in the labor force. My favorites are the tables that document the rising labor force participation of mothers over the decades. Here you can see ambition, determination, desperation, and a social revolution...

Labor force participation rate of mothers by age of youngest child, 1975 and 2010...

2010 1975
age 6-17 77.2 54.9
Under 6 64.2 39.0
Under 3 61.1 34.3

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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