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Mothers in the Labor Force

Statistics showing the number of mothers participating in the work force from 1955-1998.
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 Percentage of mothers with children
Year Under 18 years 6 to 17 years Under 6 years1
1955 27.0 %38.4 %18.2 %
1965 35.0 45.7 25.3
1975 47.4 54.9 39.0
1980 56.6 64.3 46.8
1985 62.1 69.9 53.5
1986 62.8 70.4 54.4
1987 64.7 72.0 56.7
1988 65.1 73.3 56.1
1989 65.7 74.256.7
1990 66.7 74.7 58.2
1991 66.6 74.4 58.4
1992 67.275.9 58.0
1993 67.075.4 57.9
1994 68.4 76.0 60.3
1995 69.7 76.4 62.3
199670.277.262.3
199772.178.165.0
199872.378.465.2
199972.178.564.4
200072.979.065.3
200172.779.464.4
200272.278.664.1
200371.778.762.9
200470.777.562.2
1. May also have older children.
NOTE: 1955 data are for April; 1965 and 1975–1994 data are for March. Data for 1994 and subsequent years are not directly comparable to previous years because of major revisions to the survey.

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