Census Bureau: Same-Sex Married People More Likely Than Opposite-Sex Counterparts to be in Labor Force

People in same-sex marriages were more likely to be in the labor force than those in opposite-sex marriages, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data released earlier this month.

Women in same-sex marriages in particular were more likely to be in the labor force than their opposite-sex counterparts.

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Employment and labor force characteristics among householders and spouses in same-sex married households differed in key ways from those of their opposite-sex married peers and varied across states and metropolitan areas.

These findings come from new tables using 1-year data from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS improved its measure of same-sex couple households by explicitly asking if couples were same- or opposite-sex spouses or partners.

Continue reading about comparisons between same-sex and opposite sex married couples, differences in states and metropolitan areas, and more.


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