The percentage of American families that had at least one unemployed member improved by one percentage point in 2012 compared with 2011, the government reported Friday.
Among the nation’s 80.1 million families, the number of families with at least one unemployed person dropped to 8.4 million last year, compared with 9 million a year earlier. That was a decline to 10.5 percent of all families, down from 11.5 percent.
On the employment side, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said that 80 percent of all families had at least one member who worked at some time during 2012. That was a slight increase from 79.8 percent in 2011.
The employment data indicated that 88.1 percent of Asian-American families had at least one employed member, as did 84.6 percent of Hispanic families, 80.1 percent of white families, and 75.4 percent of black families.
Nearly 82 percent of married-couple families had an employed member. Both the husband and the wife were employed in 47.4 percent of married-couple families last year, the bureau said.
The husband was the only worker in 20.2 percent of married-couple families, and the wife was the only worker in 8 percent of those families.
Among the nation’s 34.6 million families with children under age 18, 87.8 percent had at least one employed parent, the bureau said. That was up slightly from 87.2 percent in 2011.
The share of married-couple families with children where both parents worked was 59 percent last year, the bureau reported.