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ERIC Number: ED014612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
Pages: 8
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WORKING WIVES, THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO FAMILY INCOME.
Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
DATA FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, 1964-66, DESCRIBE THE CONTRIBUTION OF WORKING WIVES TO FAMILY INCOME. NEARLY HALF OF ALL WOMEN 18-64 YEARS OF AGE WORK. ABOUT THREE OF FIVE OF THESE WOMEN ARE MARRIED AND LIVING WITH THEIR HUSBANDS. OF THE 42.1 MILLION HUSBAND-WIFE FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES IN MARCH 1966, 14.2 MILLION HAD THE WIFE IN THE PAID LABOR FORCE. IN THOSE FAMILIES, THE MEDIAN INCOME WAS $8,597 A YEAR COMPARED WITH $6,592 IN THE FAMILIES IN WHICH THE WIFE DID NOT WORK. AMONG NEGRO HUSBAND-WIFE FAMILIES, THE MEDIAN INCOME WAS $5,429 WHEN THE WIFE WAS AN EARNER AND $3,650 WHEN SHE WAS NOT. OF ALL THE HUSBAND-WIFE FAMILIES IN 1966, 20 PERCENT OF THE HUSBANDS HAD INCOMES OF LESS THAN $3,000, AND ANOTHER 20 PERCENT HAD INCOMES OF $3 - $5,000 COMPARED WITH HUSBAND-WIFE INCOMES OF 6 PERCENT AND 17 PERCENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE SAME WAGE BRACKETS. IN 24 PERCENT OF ALL HUSBAND-WIFE FAMILIES, THE WIFE ACCOUNTED FOR 40 PERCENT OR MORE OF THE FAMILY INCOME IN 1965, AND IN 39 PERCENT, THE CONTRIBUTION WAS 30 PERCENT OR MORE. IN 44 PERCENT OF THE HUSBAND-WIFE FAMILIES IN WHICH THE WIFE WORKED FULL-TIME, THE WIFE ACCOUNTED FOR 40 PERCENT OR MORE OF THE FAMILY INCOME. THE MEDIAN PERCENT OF FAMILY INCOME ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE WIFE'S EARNINGS INCREASED IN DIRECT RATIO TO THE SIZE OF THE FAMILY INCOME UP TO $15,000. (FP)
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Authoring Institution: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
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