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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, Spring 2018 (230 updated posts, 97% 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 12,154.

Males accounted for 24% of the population with 2,869 individuals reported.

Females accounted for 76% of the population with 9,285 individuals reported.

Chart displaying the reported genders of Adult Family Members overseas

 


 

Report 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Spring FAMER 11,774 11,701 11,861 12,064 12,154
Fall FAMER 11,620 11,678 11,841 11,816

Chart displaying the reported adult family member population overseas

 


 

Working Inside the Mission 2,102 17%
Pending Inside the Mission 520 4%
Working and Pending Inside the Mission 2,622 21%
Working Outside the Mission 2,140 18%
Not Employed 7,392 61%
Report Number of EFMs Percentage

Chart displaying reported employment status of family members overseas

 


 

Bureau Family Members at Post Working Inside % Pending Inside % Working Outside % Total Family Members Working1 %
African Affairs (AF) 1,642 25% 5% 19% 44%
East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) 2,572 14% 4% 15% 29%
European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) 3,413 14% 4% 20% 34%
Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) 1,258 19% 5% 20% 39%
South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) 559 36% 8% 18% 54%
Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) 2,710 15% 4% 15% 30%
Total and Average 12,154 17% 4% 18% 35%

1 Total does not include pending

 


 

Report AF EAP EUR NEA SCA WHA
2015 Spring 589 507 766 314 306 628
2016 Spring 594 597 791 408 291 755
2017 Spring 629 598 775 388 288 715
2018 Spring 489 483 602 293 241 514

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

 


 

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

Chart displaying Family Member Employment Inside the Mission

 


 

Category Number of EFMs Percentage of EFMs
Freelance/Home Business 483 23%
Education 443 21%
Other 337 16%
Teleword 332 15%
Local Economy 293 14%
US Government 155 7%
International Organization 97 4%
Total 2,140 100%

Other Fields Defined

Field Number of EFMs
Commute to US 21
DETO 78
Law 21
Medical 52
Military 14
Other Diplomatic Mission 11
PVO/NGO 63
Recreation Association 77
Total 337

 

Chart displaying Family Member Employment Outside the Mission

 


 

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