Job Market Splitting Up Couples

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans relocates for new position
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 5:18 AM CDT
Increasing numbers of couples are entering long-distance relationships or even separating as the job market remains stagnant.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – With the job market failing to recover along with the larger economy, two-career couples are facing tough choices and increasingly being forced into long-distance relationships. A recent survey has found that 18.2% of Americans who took new jobs in the second quarter also relocated, up from 11.4% a year earlier. Not everyone survives the pressures of a long-distance marriage; according to the Wall Street Journal. More couples are choosing separation over expensive two-home living.

"Someone finding employment in another city creates a bigger challenge for families than it did a generation ago," said one New York University professor. "You can't assume that a spouse that follows another will find employment in this market."