Study: Unemployment Affects Women’s Decisions To Get Married

A new survey conducted by YourTango and ForbesWoman found that 75% of women would not marry someone who was unemployed, and 65% wouldn’t get married if they, themselves, were unemployed.

With the unemployment rate at 9.1%, it’s making some women reconsider just how important marriage is in regards to “fiscal and emotional stability of their romantic future,” said Andrea Miller, founder and CEO of YourTango. Financial issues can put a strain on a relationship and women “want to feel secure in what their partner can bring to the table.

However on a positive note, 91% of single women say they’d marry for love over money. Personally, I think this percentage is a wee bit high, but I guess I’ve been reading too much about Hugh Hefner‘s love life lately.

Further research also found 40% of women in a relationship were more likely to be kept awake by the stresses of their job, than their relationship. But when the two components were tied together, then the women were also kept awake.

As far as men and women making more or less money than their partners, 32% of women make more than their partner, 50% of women would marry someone who made less than them, while 41% would not. As for that missing 9%, I’m guessing they’re undecided. And 55% would give up their career if their partner asked them to so they could raise kids. All very interesting percentages, but I’m still focusing on that 91% who would marry for love instead of money. Perhaps, I’m jaded. How about you?

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    • Abernacky

      My husband actually got laid off a month before our wedding, and it took 2-3 months to find a new position. We also got engaged while he was attempting to “work for himself” – and him not having a steady/reliable income was definitely a strain on our relationship.

      • Abernacky

        I love it when I post half my thought.

        Anyways, my point was my beliefs are more in line with option 1, but I actually did option 2.

        Though, we did have a big talk about how I personally need security and being financially unstable does not work for me.

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