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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
  • Out of 11,756 total adult family members overseas, 75% (8,847) are female and 25% (2,909) are male.
Adult Family Member Population Overseas
  • Fall 2020: 11,756
  • 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

 

Employment Status of Family Members Overseas
  • Adult Family Members Employed: 41% (4,816)
    • Working Outside the Mission: 15% (1,798)
    • Working Inside the Mission: 26% (3,018)
  • Not Employed: 59% (6,936)
Geographic Distribution of Family Member Employment – Fall 2020
Bureau Family Members at Post Working Inside Working Outside Total Family Members Working
African Affairs (AF) 1,389 37% 17% 54%
East Asian Pacific Affairs (EAP) 2,369 22% 14% 36%
European Affairs (EUR) 3,661 20% 17% 37%
Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) 1,339 29% 15% 44%
South Central Asia (SCA) *** 533 48% 16% 64%
Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) 2,465 25% 13% 38%
Total/Average 11,756 26% 15% 41%

(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
AF EAP EUR NEA SCA WHA
2017 Fall 431 457 537 274 211 463
2018 Fall 536 527 691 365 256 587
2019 Fall 545 559 756 391 267 636
2020 Fall 513 513 718 393 257 624
Note: includes filled and pending positions; includes full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules.
Family Members Employed Inside the Mission
  • Fall 2020: 3,018
  • 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

 

Family Member Employment Outside the Mission – Fall 2020

11,756 Family Members;  15% (1,798) Employed Outside the Mission

  • Freelance/Home Business: 22% (397)
  • Education: 17% (316)
  • Telework (non-DETO): 24% (425)
  • Local Economy: 11% (193)
  • Other: 26% (467) to include:
    • Commute to U.S.: (15)
    • DETO: (100)
    • Int’l Org/PVO/NGO: (108)
    • Law: (22)
    • Medical: (34)
    • Military: (19)
    • Other Diplomatic Mission: (9)
    • U.S. Government, Washington, DC: (107)
    • Recreation Association: (54)

Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Fall 2020 (234 updated posts, 99% 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.

U.S. Department of State

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