While most of us think that giving our mothers a nice gift, flowers, card, or other sign of our gratitude and affection are appropriate, for some mothers, a job may be the real answer to their prayers.
According to BLS
- The labor force participation rate—the percentage of the population working or looking for work—for all mothers with children under age 18 was 70.5 percent in 2012, little different from the prior year.
- Mothers with younger children are less likely to be in the labor force than mothers with older children. In 2012, the labor force participation rate of mothers with children under 6 years old (64.8 percent) was lower than the rate of those whose youngest child was 6 to 17 years old (75.1 percent). The participation rate of mothers with infants under a year old was 57.0 percent.
- Among employed mothers, those with preschoolers are more likely to work part time than are mothers with children ages 6 to 17. About 29 percent of employed mothers with children under age 6 worked part time in 2012, compared with 23 percent of employed mothers with children ages 6 to 17.
The economic reality that is today means that the majority of mothers with children under age 18 needs to work.
We salute them for the great job that they do as mothers.
And for making a difference as the great contributors on the job that they are.