Family Member Employment Report (FAMER)

  • The Family Liaison Office routinely collects family member employment statistics from over 200 overseas posts. These statistics show the number of adult family members employed inside a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas, as well as those working on the local economy of their host country. The statistics also indicate the number of adult family members at post.

Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview

Family Member Population Overseas
12,249 Family Member Population Overseas
  • Out of 12,249 total adult family members overseas, 76% (9,316) are female and 24% (2,933) are male.
Adult Family Member Population Overseas
Adult Family Member Population Overseas
  • Spring 2020: 12,249
  • Fall 2019: 11,722
  • Spring 2019: 12,159
  • Fall 2018: 11,982
  • Spring 2018: 12,154
  • Fall 2017: 11,816
  • Spring 2017: 12,064
  • Fall 2016: 11,841
Employment Status of Family Members Overseas
Employment Status of Family Members Overseas - 44% of Family Members Employed
  • Adult Family Members Employed: 44% (5,327)
    • Working Outside the Mission: 17% (2,038)
    • Working Inside the Mission: 27% (3,289)
  • Not Employed: 56% (6,922)
Geographic Distribution of Family Member Employment – Spring 2020
Bureau Family Members at Post Working Inside Working Outside Total Family Members Working
African Affairs (AF) 1,593 38% 19% 56%
East Asian Pacific Affairs (EAP) 2,508 23% 15% 38%
European Affairs (EUR) 3,623 21% 18% 39%
Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) 1,309 30% 17% 48%
South Central Asia (SCA) *** 592 48% 15% 64%
Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) 2,624 25% 15% 40%
Total/Average 12,249 27% 17% 44%

(Note: includes filled and pending positions; includes full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules.)

*** Three SCA Special Incentive Posts (SIP) account for 6% of SCA Inside the Mission positions.

 

Number of Inside the Mission EFM Employees by Bureau – 2017 to 2020
Number of Inside the Mission EFM Employees by Bureau 2017 to 2020
AF EAP EUR NEA SCA WHA
2017 Spring 431 457 537 274 211 463
2018 Spring 536 527 691 365 256 587
2019 Spring 545 559 756 391 267 636
2020 Spring 602 582 757 394 287 667
Note: includes filled and pending positions; includes full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules.
Family Members Employed Inside the Mission
Family Members Employed Inside the Mission
  • Spring 2020: 3,289
  • Fall 2019: 3,154
  • Spring 2019: 3,143
  • Fall 2018: 2,962
  • Spring 2018: 2,602
  • Fall 2017: 2,373
  • Spring 2017: 3,392
  • Fall 2016: 3,501
  • Spring 2016: 3,436
Family Member Employment Outside the Mission – Spring 2020
Family Member Employment Outside the Mission

12,249 Family Members; 2,038 Employed Outside the Mission

  • Freelance/Home Business: 25% (505)
  • Education: 19% (400)
  • Telework (non-DETO): 20% (409)
  • Local Economy: 11% (218)
  • Other: 25% (506) to include:
    • Commute to U.S.: (20)
    • DETO: (84)
    • Int’l Org/PVO/NGO: (114)
    • Law: (23)
    • Medical: (33)
    • Military: (20)
    • Other Diplomatic Mission: (11)
    • U.S. Government, Washington, DC: (127)
    • Recreation Association: (74)

Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Spring 2020 (226 updated posts, 97% of posts reporting)

“Adult Family Members” are associated with the US Department of State, the other Foreign Affairs Agencies, as well as all other government agencies operating under Chief of Mission authority.

Email FAMER questions to FLOAskEmployment@state.gov.

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