The percent of working moms dipped slightly between 2008 and 2010, but moms who work remain a majority: 55% of women who had a child in the past 12 months were in the labor force. The recession would seem to be the culprit in reversing what has been a more or less consistent growth trend for decades. The percent of new moms working full time also dropped slightly to 34% while the unemployment rate grew to 6.9%. Of women over age 30, 63% who had a baby in the past 12 months were working moms -- nearly half worked full-time.
The U.S. Census Bureau this week released new figures from its Current Population Survey, which looks at fertility and other topics.
Some more findings:
- Nearly half of women who have never married by age 45 have a child. That figure is up from 25% just 30 years ago, and 11% in 1976. There is a huge difference in this based on ethnicity and race. Only 30% of never-married white, non-Hispanic women have a child by this age, compared to nearly 70% of black women and more than two-thirds of Hispanic women.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau