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Family Member Employment Report (FAMER)

  • The Global Community 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.

  • Find post-specific FAMERs, by emailing GCLOAskEmployment@state.gov or via FSI’s Post Info to Go-External (PITG). To obtain a PITG password, email PostInfotoGoExternal@state.gov with your name, agency, employee sponsor and their “.gov” email address, and post of assignment.

  • See our guide to reading the FAMER.

Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview

Adult Family Member Population Overseas

Chart Illustrating Adult Family Member Population Overseas

  • Spring 2022: 12,373
  • Fall 2021: 11,840
  • Spring 2021: 11,974
  • Fall 2020: 11,756
  • Spring 2020: 12,249
  • Fall 2019: 11,722
  • Spring 2019: 12,159
  • Fall 2018: 11,982
  • Spring 2018: 12,154

 

Employment Status of Family Members Overseas

Chart Illustrating Employment Status of Family Members Overseas

  • Adult Family Members Employed: 42% (5,147)
    • Working Outside the Mission: 17% (2,035)
    • Working Inside the Mission: 25% (3,112)
  • Not Employed: 58% (7,226)
Geographic Distribution of Family Member Employment – Spring 2022
Bureau Family Members at Post Working Inside Working Outside Total Family Members Working
African Affairs (AF)* 1,591 36% 18% 54%
East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) 2,343 23% 17% 39%
European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) 3,818 20% 17% 37%
Near Eastern Affairs (NEA)** 1,388 30% 15% 45%
South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA)*** 540 43% 14% 56%
Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) 2,693 22% 16% 38%
Total/Average 12,373 25% 17% 42%

(Note: includes filled and pending positions; includes full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules.)
* One AF Special Incentive Posts (SIP) accounts for less than 1% of AF Inside the Mission positions.
** Two NEA Special Incentive Posts (SIP) account for 2% of NEA Inside the Mission positions.
*** Two SCA Special Incentive Posts (SIP) account for 10% of SCA Inside the Mission positions.

Number of Inside the Mission EFM Employees by Bureau – Spring 2019 to 2022

 Report AF EAP EUR NEA SCA WHA
2019 Spring 545 559 756 391 267 636
2020 Spring 602 582 757 394 287 667
2021 Spring 532 523 760 379 262 620
2022 Spring 575 531 754 417 230 605
Family Members Employed Inside the Mission

Chart Illustrating Family Members Employed Inside the Mission

  • Spring 2022: 3,112
  • Fall 2021: 2,893
  • Spring 2021: 3,076
  • Fall 2020: 3,018
  • Spring 2020: 3,289
  • Fall 2019: 3,154
  • Spring 2019: 3,143
  • Fall 2018: 2,962
  • Spring 2018: 2,602

 

Family Member Employment Outside the Mission – Spring 2022

Chart Illustrating Family Member Employment Outside the Mission

17% (2,035) Employed Outside the Mission

  • Telework (non-DETO): 29% (586)
  • Home Business & Freelance: 22% (451)
  • Education: 14% (281)
  • DETO: 10% (208)
  • Other: 25% (509) to include:
    • Local Economy (109)
    • International Organization (74)
    • US Gov-DC (69)
    • RECASSN (51)
    • PVO/NGO (32)
    • Law (24)
    • Medical (24)
    • Commute US (19)
    • Military (18)
    • Other Dip (8)

Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Spring 2022 (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 GCLOAskEmployment@state.gov.

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