Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Fall 2023 (233 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.

 

Report 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Spring FAMER 12,159 12,249 11,974 12,373 12,676
Fall FAMER 11,722 11,756 11,840 12,370 12,726

Chart displaying the reported adult family member population overseas

Starting in the Spring of 2022, GCLO no longer collected data on adult family member’s gender.

Working Inside the Mission 3,152 25%
Working Outside the Mission 2,247 18%
Not Employed 7,327 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 1,722 33% 17% 50%
East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP)2 2,152 25% 17% 43%
European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR)3 3,855 18% 21% 39%
Near Eastern Affairs (NEA)4 1,377 31% 17% 47%
South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA)5 599 43% 17% 60%
Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) 3,021 22% 15% 37%
Total 12,726 25% 18% 42%

1 Three AF Special Incentive Posts (SIP) account for less than 4% of AF Inside the Mission positions.
2 One EAP Special Incentive Post (SIP) accounts for less than 1% of EAP Inside the Mission positions.
3 One EUR Special Incentive Post (SIP) accounts for less than 1% of EUR Inside the Mission positions.
4 Two NEA Special Incentive Posts (SIP) account for 3% of NEA Inside the Mission positions.
5 Two SCA Special Incentive Posts (SIP) account for 12% 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
2020 Fall 513 513 718 393 257 624
2021 Fall 498 481 737 398 214 572
2022 Fall 557 545 720 405 256 641
2023 Fall 565 546 706 422 259 654

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 (2020 - 2023)

 

Report 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Spring FAMER 3,143 3,289 3,076 3,105 3,291
Fall FAMER 3,154 3,018 2,893 3,124 3,152

Chart displaying Family Member Employment Inside the Mission

 

Category Number of EFMs Percentage of EFMs
Telework 920 41%
Local Econ 443 20%
DETO 404 18%
Home Bus 356 16%
Other 124 5%
Total 2,247 100%

Other Fields Defined

Field Number of EFMs % of EFMs
RECASSN 61 3%
Commute US 35 <2%
DS Investigator 28 <1%
Total 124 5%

Chart displaying Family Member Employment Inside the Mission

 

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