Family Member Employment Statistics

The Family 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. Email FAMER questions to FLOAskEmployment@state.gov.

Family Member Employment Statistics - Spring 2018 (pdf with charts)


Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Family Member Employment Report, Spring 2018

Family Member Population Overseas

  • Out of 12,154 total adult family members overseas, 76% (9,285) are female and 24% (2,869) are male.

Adult Family Member Population Overseas

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

Employment Status of Family Members Overseas

  • Not Employed: 61% (7,392)
  • Working Outside the Mission: 18% (2,140)
  • Working Inside the Mission: 17% (2,102)
  • Pending, Inside the Mission: 4% (520)
  • Working + Pending: 21% (2,622) (combination of the two values above)

Geographic Distribution of Family Member Employment – Fall 2017

Bureau Family Members at Post Working Inside Pending Inside Working Outside Total Family Members Working

African Affairs

1,642 25% 5% 19% 44%

East Asian Pacific Affairs

2,572 14% 4% 15% 29%

European Affairs

3,413 14% 4% 20% 34%

Near Eastern Affairs

1,258 19% 5% 20% 39%

South Central Asia

559 36% 8% 18% 54%

Western Hemisphere Affairs

2,710 15% 4% 15% 30%
Total/Average 12,154 17% 4% 18% 35%

Number of Inside the Mission EFM Employees by Bureau - 2014 to 2017
Note: Total does not include Pending positions; includes full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules.

AF EAP EUR NEA SCA WHA Total
2015 Spring 589 507 766 314 306 628 3110
2016 Spring 594 597 791 408 291 755 3436
2017 Spring 629 598 775 388 288 715 3393
2018 Spring 489 483 602 293 241 514 2622

Note: Includes Filled and Pending positions; includes full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules.

Family Members Employed Inside the Mission

  • Spring 2014: 2,978
  • Fall 2014: 2,736
  • Spring 2015: 3,110
  • Fall 2015: 3,212
  • Spring 2016: 3,436
  • Fall 2016: 3,501
  • Spring 2017: 3,392
  • Fall 2017: 2,373
  • Spring 2018: 2,602

Family Member Employment Outside the Mission

  • 12,154 Family Members; 2,140 Employed Outside the Mission
  • Freelance and Home Business: 23% (483)
  • Education: 21% (443)
  • Other: 16% (337) to include:
    • Commute to U.S.: 1% (21)
    • DETO: 4% (78)
    • Law: 1% (21)
    • Medical: 2% (52)
    • Military: 1% (14)
    • Other Diplomatic Mission: 1% (11)
    • PVO/NGO: 3% (63)
    • Recreation Association: 4% (77)
  • Telework (non-DETO): 15% (332)
  • Local Economy: 14% (293)
  • U.S. Government, Washington, DC: 7% (155)
  • International Organizations: 4% (97)

Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Spring 2018 (230 updated posts, 97% of posts reporting). Adult family members are associated with the U.S. Department of State, other Foreign Affairs Agencies, and other government agencies operating under Chief of Mission authority.

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