Low Employment Rate of Military Spouses

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Military spouses are disproportionately underrepresented in the workforce due to many factors, including frequent moves, education transfer issues, occupational licensing restrictions, and more. When employed, military spouses have to deal with the military member’s unpredictable hours as well as possible deployments, and, on average, earn 26.8 percent less in wage and salary income than their non-military spouse peers. (The Council of Economic Advisers, 2018).