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Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Fall 2021 (data covering 04/2021 to 10/2021 with 232 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.

 


 

The adult family member overseas population totaled 11,840.

Males accounted for 25% of the population with 3,002 individuals reported.

Females accounted for 75% of the population with 8,838 individuals reported.

Chart displaying the reported genders of Adult Family Members overseas

 


 

Report 2018 2019 2020 2021
Spring FAMER 12,154 12,159 12,249 11,974
Fall FAMER 11,982 11,722 11,756 11,840

Chart displaying the reported adult family member population overseas

 


 

Working Inside the Mission 2,900 24%
Working Outside the Mission 1,861 16%
Not Employed 7,079 60%
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) 1,491 33% 16% 50%
East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) 2,251 21% 15% 36%
European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) 3,721 20% 17% 37%
Near Eastern Affairs (NEA)1 1,299 31% 14% 45%
South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA)2 504 42% 15% 58%
Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) 2,574 22% 15% 37%
Total and Average 11,840 24% 16% 40%

1 Two NEA Special Incentive Posts (SIP) account for 1% of NEA Inside the Mission positions. 

2 Two SCA Special Incentive Posts (SIP) account for 3% 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
2018 Fall 536 527 691 365 256 587
2019 Fall 545 559 756 391 267 636
2020 Fall 513 513 718 393 257 624
2021 Fall 498 481 737 398 214 572

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 2019 - 2021)

 


 

Report 2018 2019 2020 2021
Spring FAMER 2,602 3,143 3,289 3,076
Fall FAMER 2,962 3,154 3,018 2,893

Chart displaying Family Member Employment Inside the Mission

 


 

Category Number of EFMs Percentage of EFMs
Telework 549 30%
Other Field 474 25%
Home Business and Freelance 388 21%
Education 269 14%
DETO 181 10%
Total 2,042 100%

Other Fields Defined

Field Number of EFMs % of EFMs
Commute to U.S. 14 1%
International Org/PVO/NGO 96 5%
Law 18 1%
Local Economy 168 9%
Medical 27 1%
Military 18 1%
Other Diplomatic Mission 6 <1%
Recreation Association 52 3%
U.S. Government – DC 75 4%
Total 474 25%

Chart displaying Family Member Employment Inside the Mission

 


 

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