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
11,722 Adult Family Members Overseas
  • Out of 11,722 total adult family members overseas, 76% (8,888) are female and 24% (2,834) are male.
Adult Family Member Population Overseas
Adult Family Member Population Overseas
  • 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 43% of Family Members Employed
  • Adult Family Members Employed: 43% (5,056)
    • Working Outside the Mission: 16% (1,902)
    • Working Inside the Mission: 26% (3,154)
  • Not Employed: 57% (6,666)
Geographic Distribution of Family Member Employment – Fall 2019
Bureau Family Members at Post Working Inside Working Outside Total Family Members Working
African Affairs (AF) 1,541 35% 18% 54%
East Asian Pacific Affairs (EAP) 2,350 24% 13% 37%
European Affairs (EUR) 3,469 22% 19% 41%
Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) 1,352 29% 14% 43%
South Central Asia (SCA) *** 546 49% 17% 66%
Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) 2,464 26% 15% 41%
Total/Average 11,722 27% 16% 43%

Note: includes Filled and Pending positions; includes full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules.

***Three SCA Special Incentive Posts (SIP) account for 4% of SCA Inside the Mission positions.

 

Number of Inside the Mission EFM Employees by Bureau – 2016 to 2019
Number of Inside the Mission EFM Employees by Bureau 2016 to 2019
AF EAP EUR NEA SCA WHA
2016 Fall 647 616 809 400 298 731
2017 Fall 431 457 537 274 211 463
2018 Fall 536 527 695 365 256 587
2019 Fall 545 559 756 391 267 636
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
  • Fall 2019: 3154
  • 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 – Fall 2019
Family Member Employment Outside Mission

11,722 Family Members; 1,902 Employed Outside the Mission

  • Freelance/Home Business: 25% (469)
  • Education: 20% (375)
  • Telework (non-DETO): 21% (395)
  • Local Economy: 19% (178)
  • Other: 25% (485) to include:
    • Commute to U.S.: (17)
    • DETO: (80)
    • Int’l Org/PVO/NGO: (122)
    • Law: (23)
    • Medical: (36)
    • Military: (15)
    • Other Diplomatic Mission: (12)
    • U.S. Government, Washington, DC: (116)
    • Recreation Association: (64)

Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Fall 2019 (225 updated posts, 96% 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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