Happy Mother’s Day 2016
Published May 8, 2016
WASHINGTON – Today is Mother’s Day, a day set to honor mothers. Whatever your situation is, today is a great time to remember your mother for all the wonderful things she has done for you.
The driving force behind Mother’s Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized observances in Grafton, West Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
The U.S. Census Bureau released the following information relating to Mother’s Day:
How Many Mothers
Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who have children. These mothers gave birth to 95.8 million children.
Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in the past 12 months.
Percentage of women age 15 to 50 who had a birth in the past 12 months who were unmarried.
How Many Children
Number of births per 1,000 women age 15-44 in 2014, up slightly (less than 1 percent) from 2013.
Percentage of women age 15 to 50 who have had two children. About 42.4 percent had no children, 17 percent had one, 11.7 percent had three, and about 6.8 percent had four or more.
Characteristics of Women with a Recent Birth
The number of registered births in 2014, which was 1 percent more than in 2013. Of this number, 249,078 were to teens 15 to 19.
Percentage of women age 16 to 50 who had a birth in the past 12 months who were in the labor force.
The percentage of women who had given birth in the past 12 months who had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Percentage of women age 15 to 50 who gave birth in the past year and who have at least a high school diploma or equivalent.
Number of births in the past year per 1,000 women age 15 to 50 with a graduate or professional degree. The number was 55 per 1,000 for women whose highest level of education was a bachelor’s degree.
Noah and Emma
The most popular baby names for boys and girls, respectively, in 2014.
Number of florists nationwide in 2014. The 61,170 employees in floral shops across our nation will be especially busy preparing, selling and delivering floral arrangements for Mother’s Day.
Number of employees of greeting-card publishers in 2014
The number of cosmetics, beauty supplies and perfume stores nationwide in 2014. Perfume is a popular gift given on Mother’s Day.
Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2014 — the place to purchase necklaces, earrings and other timeless pieces for mom.
Number of stay-at-home moms in married couple family groups in 2015.
Taking Care of the Kids
Number of people employed at one of the 74,344 child day care services across the country in 2014. In addition, there were 688,728 child day care services without paid employees in 2013. Many mothers turn to these centers to help juggle motherhood and careers.
*New statistics will be available at the end of May for Nonemployer Statistics.*
The number of single mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2015, up from 7.7 million in 1985.
Number of women age 15 to 50 who had a birth in the past 12 months and were living with a cohabiting partner.