It's Just Lunch, a dating service for professionals, recently conducted a study that found 75 percent of women would be unlikely to date a man who is unemployed.
However, 42 percent of the 75 percent said they might go out on a date with a guy who doesn't have a job, but probably wouldn't want to date him long-term (which many guys would actually prefer).
The research, which was based on 925 responses, revealed only 21 percent said they would definitely date an unemployed man, noted BusinessNewsDaily.com.
"Not having a job will definitely make it harder for men to date someone they don't already know," said Irene LaCota, spokesperson for It's Just Lunch, said in a press release. "This is the rare area, compared to other topics we've done surveys on, where women's old-fashioned beliefs about sex roles seem to apply."
However, when it comes to men dating unemployed women, 19 percent of men had no problem dating jobless gals, while 46 percent of men were sure they would date a lady without a job.
According to The Huffington Post, the women in the study were concerned they might have to support an unemployed man. The ladies also did not want their activities to be limited by someone else's joblessness and financial problems.
A 2011 study in the UK upped the stakes as it showed that women wanted a man to have job that was high paying in order to "marry up," reported The Telegraph.
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In a 52-page report by the Centre for Policy Studies, Dr Catherine Hakim, of the London School of Economics, wrote: “Women’s aspiration to marry up, if they can, to a man who is better-educated and higher-earning, persists in most European countries. Women thereby continue to use marriage as an alternative or supplement to their employment careers.”