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 12,159 total adult family members overseas, 76% (9,271) are female and 24% (2,888) are male.
Adult Family Member Population Overseas
  • Spring 2019: 12,159
  • Fall 2018: 11,982
  • Spring 2018: 12,154
  • Fall 2017: 11,816
  • Spring 2017: 12,064
  • Fall 2016: 11,841
  • Spring 2016: 11,861
Employment Status of Family Members Overseas
  • Adult Family Members Employed: 43% (5,209)
    • Working Outside the Mission: 17% (2,066)
    • Working Inside the Mission: 26% (3,143)
  • Not Employed: 57% (6,950)
Geographic Distribution of Family Member Employment – Spring 2019
Bureau Family Members at Post Working Inside Working Outside Total Family Members Working
African Affairs 1,624 35% 18% 54%
East Asian Pacific Affairs 2,409 24% 15% 39%
European Affairs 3,579 21% 20% 41%
Near Eastern Affairs 1,293 28% 15% 43%
South Central Asia     562 46% 16% 62%
Western Hemisphere Affairs 2,692 24% 14% 38%
Total/Average 12,159 26% 17% 43%
Note: includes Filled and Pending positions; includes full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules.

 

Number of Inside the Mission EFM Employees by Bureau – 2016 to 2019
AF EAP EUR NEA SCA WHA
2016 Spring 594 597 791 408 291 755
2017 Spring 629 598 775 388 288 715
2018 Spring 489 483 602 293 241 514
2019 Spring 573 571 757 359 256 637
Note: includes Filled and Pending positions; includes full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules.
Family Members Employed Inside the Mission
  • 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
  • Fall 2015: 3,212
  • Spring 2015: 3,110
Family Member Employment Outside the Mission – Spring 2019

12,159 Family Members; 2,066 Employed Outside the Mission

  • Freelance and Home Business: 24% (494)
  • Education: 20% (419)
  • Telework (non-DETO): 18% (368)
  • Local Economy: 11% (231)
  • Other: 26% (532) to include:
    • Commute to U.S.: (25)
    • DETO: (74)
    • Int’l Org/PVO/NGO: (133)
    • Law: (19)
    • Medical: (52)
    • Military: (19)
    • Other Diplomatic Mission: (15)
    • PVO/NGO: (57)
    • U.S. Government, Washington, DC: (127)
    • Recreation Association: (68)

Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Spring 2019 (230 updated posts, 98% 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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