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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.

We proudly invite you to share the information found in this report, but implore that you share responsibly, citing and hyperlinking to this document so the data contained in the Early Trend Report is not misinterpreted to represent all military spouse owned businesses rather than the sample size for which the report is intended.

Get Certified

If you’re a military spouse business owner, you can apply for your certification by clicking this link. We vet that you are a military spouse, majority owned by military spouses, and legally formed and operating in your locale.

Hire Certified Military Spouse Owned Enterprises

If you’re a corporation looking to hire a military spouse owned business for a project or B2B enterprise, email jchapman@milspousechamber.org to learn how to advertise your open opportunties to our certified businesses.

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 (2020) 38% 38%
  • 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%

The Needle Hasn’t Moved

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Unemployment remained statistically unchanged from 2012-2019 at rates of 22-24% before the pandemic.

Military Spouses Have Spoken

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Of ALL MilSpouses are Self Employed, Business Owners, or Aspire to Be

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Of Milspouse Entrepreneurs Feel it's Right for Their Family

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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 35%, 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.

Trusted Resources

Below is vetted data, sourced from trusted resources and hyperlinked here for your convenience.

MSETF Survey Results 2020

MSETF 2020 Survey

Summary of Military Spouse Entrepreneur Task Force survey results from October of 2020.

9-20 Military Spouse Entrepreneur Survey The Rosie Network 2

The Rosie Network Survey

The Rosie Network’s 2019-2020 Military Spouse Entrepreneur Survey.

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About MSETF

Helping military spouses launch and grow their businesses with confidence and clarity.

Why Support Military Spouses?

Lost Income Compounds Over Time

Military spouses faced a staggering 24% 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. 

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