1 in 5 Families… No One Works

by CNS News
April 29, 2015

In 19.9 percent of American families in 2014, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), no one in the family worked.

A family, as defined by the BLS, is a “group of two or more persons residing together who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption.” In 2014, there were 80,889,000 families in the United States, and in 16,057,000 of those families, or 19.9 percent, no one had a job.

The BLS designates a person as “employed” if “during the survey reference week” they “(a) did any work at all as paid employees; (b) worked in their own business, profession, or on their own farm; (c) or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of the family.”

Members of the 16,057,000 families in which no one held jobs could have been either unemployed or not in the labor force. The BLS designates a person as unemployed if they did not have a job but were actively seeking one. The BLS designates someone as not in the labor force, if they did not have a job and were not actively seeking one.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • flash says:

    I went to a place called Brevard,ich is just a little town. Well Social Services moved in and they had some lawyers on retainer to push for entitlements, then down the road is a place called ” Bread of Life” {chow hall} and next to that was a Real Estate place that dealt mainly with Section 8 housing and low cost rentals. Just down the road is a motel that has rooms for permanent residents with problems like AIDS and other issues. That beautiful town has become one of the worst places you do not want to be caught in. They have another Attorney that works with the Court to keep some of the Drunks on the road and crazies in the streets. I remember in the late Eighties as a beautiful place to visit, before all of the hand outs.

  • J D G says:

    I have been told many times during my 46 years of working for a living “Why work when you can live better from the government dole, not pay taxes and work for CASH only – NO checks accepted.” These days by making a living in this manner, one can garner and live in the manner of a person equivalent to that of a person making over one hundred thousand dollars in working wages less taxes and other required deductions. The only down-side is the fact that they must avoid taxable real property. To verify this, check out what you are able to garner from the government if you did not work for wages, own real property (your own house) and have the pride in having a job and striving to better oneself.

  • dww says:

    If a man doesn’t work; neither shall he eat!

  • Jerry Y. says:

    this makes you wonder how bringing more illegals into America will help?

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