There were one in five families in the United States in 2015, or 19.7 percent, in which no one in the family worked, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Families are classified either as married-couple families or as families maintained by women or men without spouses present,” explains the bureau. “Families include those without children as well as those with children under age 18.”
There were 81,410,000 families in the United States in 2015. Of those, there were 16,060,000 families in which no member was employed, or 19.7 percent of the total.
The number has remained relatively steady since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking this data since 1995.
One glaring point stands out the agency counts someone as employed if they only had worked several hours which means there are a lot more who are unemployed most of the time who depend on government assistance or family to support them.
Using methods like this helps to create the impression unemployment is down rather than show a true picture.