Composition of the US Labor Force by Marriage and Parenting Status
Here’s what I’ve been working on this week:
This is pretty different from the usual way these numbers are presented, which is based on families rather than workers. (Remember, if half of the families with children have an at-home spouse and the other half is dual income, only 1/3 of the workers will have an at-home spouse.)
For what it’s worth, the furthest back I was able to come up with
roughly comparable numbers for is 1975, when 41.5 percent of the
workforce were parents, and 35 percent of the working parents had an
I’d love some feedback on these graphs — what interests you? Surprises you? Is the second one too many slices to be easily interpreted?
Update: I’m responding in the comments. But I also want to register my fury that Microsoft in Excel 2007 has made it impossible to apply patterns to different slices on a pie chart so that you can tell them apart when you print them in black and white.
Update 2: Ok, here’s one that shows part-time vs. full-time.