Welcome to our hub of data focused on the military spouse business owner.
Data from Certified Military Spouse Owned Enterprises
Early Trend Report, April 2021
The data found in this Early Trend Report is derived from the first 25 Military Spouse Owned Enterprises who were certified by the U.S. Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce. Since the sample size is small we consider the data found in this report to be informational and only for the purpose of highlighting early trends.
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Professional Military Spouse Data
Military spouses play a silent role in support of our Armed Forces… The result?
Among the top unemployment rates in the country, without national recognition as a protected class.
- Military Spouse Unemployment (2021) 22% 22%
- Persons with a Disability Unemployment (2020) 7.3% 7.3%
- National Unemployment Rate (2020) 6.7% 6.7%
- African American Unemployment (2020) 6.7% 6.7%
- Veteran Unemployment (2020) 6.4% 6.4%
- Female Unemployment (2020) 4% 4%
Cost to Society
Roughly 1 billion
Military spouses earn on average $12,000 per year less than their civilian counterparts, adding up to nearly $190,000 in lost earnings over a 20-year career, source 2018 White House
The Needle Hasn’t Moved
Unemployment remained statistically unchanged from 2012-2019 at rates of 22-24% before the pandemic with estimates as high as 38% during Covid-19.
38% pandemic unemployment estimate, source U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Survey
Military Spouses Have Spoken
Of ALL MilSpouses are Self Employed, Business Owners, or Aspire to Be
Of Milspouse Entrepreneurs Feel it's Right for Their Family
Of Milspouse Entrepreneurs Would Hire Other MilSpouses
Nearly half of ALL military spouses turn to business ownership or self employment as a viable career option. Of over 2,000 military spouse entrepreneur respondents, 87% believe that entrepreneurship is the right choice for their family.
Not a Small Niche, but a Mighty Force!
There are roughly 12 million military spouses…
Spouses of Current Service Members
Spouses of Veterans in the U.S.
Milspouses who are are Unemployed
Military Spouse Owned Businesses
Breaking Down the Numbers
12.2 Million – Military Spouses in total, defined as the spouse of a veteran or currently serving member of the U.S. Armed Forces.
18.8 Million – Veterans. Nearly 60% are married equating to approximately 11.2 million veteran spouses.
Nearly 1 Million – Spouses of currently serving Active Duty, Guard and Reserve service members.
22 – 24% – Military Spouse unemployment rate — This crisis-level percentage was PRE-pandemic! Estimates for post-pandemic are as high as 38%, but we do not have clear data after the onset of COVID-19.
Currently employed military spouses are related to an increase spousal support to stay in the military.
Below is vetted data, sourced from trusted resources and hyperlinked here for your convenience.
MSETF 2020 Survey
Military Spouse Entrepreneur Toolkit
Launch and grow your business with confidence, clarity and compliance. A toolkit authored by MSCC and published on an official government website.
Helping military spouses launch and grow their businesses with confidence and clarity.
Blue Star Families
Societal Cost Analysis of the Unemployment and Underemployment of Military Spouses
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University has an applied research initiative.
Hiring Our Heroes - Hidden Cost of Military Spouse Unemployment
This report draws insight from over 4,100 active duty, veteran, retired, National Guard, and Reserve spouse respondents to identify how their employment experiences, specifically unemployment, impact their long-term financial futures.
The Rosie Network Survey
Why Support Military Spouses?
Lost Income Compounds Over Time
Military spouses faced a staggering 22% unemployment rate prior to the global pandemic. When military spouses are employed, they earn on average $12,000 less per year than their civilian counterparts despite having higher levels of college education. Your gift will remove a financial barrier to military spouses who want to pursue entrepreneurship as a sustainable career path.
Many Milspouses Thrive in Entrepreneurship
When military spouses enter the world of entrepreneurship, it provides income, flexibility, and a career that moves with them all over the world. In a 2020 survey with over 2,000 respondents conducted by The Rosie Network, over 50% of military spouse business owners report earning six-figure+ incomes.