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July 07, 2011

The difference between women saying “I do” or “I don’t” could be a paycheck, according to a recent survey.

ForbesWoman and YourTango recently partnered up to survey women about how employment affects relationships. As it turns out, the results aren’t very favorable toward unemployed men.

Seventy-five percent of women surveyed reported they would never marry a partner who was unemployed. However, the jobless factor applied to both sides, with around 65 percent of women saying they wouldn’t feel right saying I do if they were the ones out of work.

For all you romantics out there, more than 90 percent of single women said they would marry for love over money.

"It is ironic that women place more weight on love than money, yet won't marry if they or their potential suitor is unemployed," said Meghan Casserly, a reporter for ForbesWoman. "A job can make or break the longevity of a relationship and the results of the survey demonstrate just what an important role careers play in romance."

The survey also showed some interesting differences between single women and married women:

Give up career to …
Single Women
Married Women
Run the household
19%
59%
Support a partner’s career
59%
69%
Take care of kids
53%
58%

Sources:

ForbesWoman
YourTango

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