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.

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

Family Member Population Overseas

  • Out of 11,982 total adult family members overseas, 76% (9,154) are female and 24% (2,828) 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
  • Fall 2018: 11,982

Employment Status of Family Members Overseas

  • Not Employed: 58% (6,978)
  • Working Outside the Mission: 17% (2,042)
  • Working Inside the Mission: 18% (2,122)
  • Pending, Inside the Mission: 7% (840)
  • Working + Pending: 25% (2,962) (combination of the two values above)

Geographic Distribution of Family Member Employment – Fall 2018

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

African Affairs

1,649 24% 8% 18% 42%

East Asian Pacific Affairs

2,461 15% 7% 16% 30%

European Affairs

3,328 15% 5% 20% 35%

Near Eastern Affairs

1,322 15% 5% 20% 35%

South Central Asia

539 35% 9% 17% 49%

Western Hemisphere Affairs

2,683 15% 7% 15% 30%
Total/Average

11,982

21%

8% 17% 37%

Number of Inside the Mission EFM Employees by Bureau - 2015 to 2018
N
ote: Total does not include Pending positions; includes full-time, part-time, and intermittent work schedules.

  AF EAP EUR NEA SCA WHA
2015 Fall 567 579 729 328 304 705
2016 Fall 647 616 809 400 298 731
2017 Fall 431 457 537 274 211 211
2018 Fall 536 527 691 365 256 587

 

 

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
  • Fall 2018: 2,962

Family Member Employment Outside the Mission – Fall 2018

  • 11,982 Family Members; 2,042 Employed Outside the Mission
  • Freelance and Home Business: 24% (483)
  • Education: 20% (404)
  • Other: 16% (329) to include:
    • Commute to U.S.: (21)
    • DETO: (77)
    • Law: (18)
    • Medical: (60)
    • Military: (14)
    • Other Diplomatic Mission: (10)
    • PVO/NGO: (57)
    • Recreation Association: (72)
  • Telework (non-DETO): 18% (368)
  • Local Economy: 12% (252)
  • U.S. Government, Washington, DC: 6% (123)
  • International Organizations: 4% (83)

Worldwide Family Member Employment Overview, Fall 2018 (233 updated posts, 99% 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.

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