The casual “So, what do you do?” question may appear to be an off-handed question about your job, but when it comes to the dating scene, your answer may be more important than you think.
A recent study by ForbesWoman and YourTango found that 75 percent of women polled would not marry a man who was unemployed. (And 65 percent said they wouldn’t want to get married if they themselves were unemployed.)
That’s sobering news for singles living in a country with a 9. 2 percent unemployment rate.
One author offered this perspective on Forbes.com:
“This viewpoint stems in part from the conventional (albeit old-fashioned) notion that many women expect to be supported — at least in part — by their husbands, [but] that expectation is shifting, as many households today require two incomes to keep afloat.
As for whether it’s selfish for women to not want to marry an unemployed man – well, selfish isn’t the word. I think it’s more of a pragmatic point of view, especially if the plan is to have children. But again, I believe in the concept of a two-way street,” says Hilary Black, author of The Secret Currency of Love.
Threads with titles like “Prayers for a full-time job” or “Seeking prayers for an interview” populate the St. Joseph Room – Jobs forum on CatholicMatch. As many single Catholics know, unemployment is more than lack of work or failure to find a job – it’s a trying time that can test anyone financially, emotionally and spiritually.
Ladies, are you surprised by this high statistic or would you, too, opt not to marry a man until he found a job? Men, do you feel the same way when it comes to unemployed women?