This report was reformatted for accessibility in May 2023. It was originally published by the Family Liaison Office which is now the Global Community Liaison Office.

Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Fall 2019 (data covering 04/2019 to 10/2019 with 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.

 


 

The adult family member overseas population totaled 11,722.

Males accounted for 24% of the population with 2,834 individuals reported.

Females accounted for 76% of the population with 8,888 individuals reported.

Chart displaying the reported genders of Adult Family Members overseas

 


 

Report 2016 2017 2018 2019
Spring FAMER 11,861 12,064 12,154 12,159
Fall FAMER 11,841 11,816 11,982 11,722

Chart displaying the reported adult family member population overseas

 


 

Working Inside the Mission 3,154 27%
Working Outside the Mission 1,902 16%
Not Employed 6,666 57%
Report Number of EFMs Percentage

Chart displaying reported employment status of family members overseas

 


 

Bureau Family Members at Post Working Inside % Working Outside % Total Family Members Working %
African Affairs (AF) 1,541 35% 18% 54%
East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) 2,350 24% 13% 37%
European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) 3,469 22% 19% 41%
Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) 1,352 29% 14% 43%
South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA)1 546 49% 17% 66%
Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) 2,464 26% 15% 41%
Total and Average 11,722 27% 16% 43%

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

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

 


 

Report AF EAP EUR NEA SCA WHA
2016 Fall 647 616 809 400 298 731
2017 Fall 431 457 537 274 211 463
2018 Fall 536 527 691 365 256 587
2019 Fall 545 559 756 391 267 636

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

Chart displaying the number of inside the mission EFM employees by Bureau (Fall 2016 - 2019)

 


 

Report 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Spring FAMER 3,110 3,436 3,392 2,602 3,143
Fall FAMER 3,212 3,501 2,373 2,962 3,154

Chart displaying Family Member Employment Inside the Mission

 


 

Category Number of EFMs Percentage of EFMs
Freelance/Home Business 469 25%
Other 485 25%
Telework 395 21%
Education 375 20%
Local Economy 178 9%
Total 1,902 100%

Other Fields Defined

Field Number of EFMs % of EFMs
Commute to U.S. 17 1%
DETO 80 4%
International Org/PVO/NGO 122 6%
Law 23 1%
Medical 36 2%
Military 15 1%
Other Diplomatic Mission 12 1%
Recreation Association 64 3%
U.S. Government – DC 116 6%
Total 485 25%

Chart displaying Family Member Employment Inside the Mission

 


 

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