Fewer Children Living With At Least One Unemployed Parent

Posted October 14, 2015, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

In 2014, 7% of kids in America — 4.7 million children total — lived with at least one unemployed parent. This is the lowest incidence of kids living with an unemployed parent since the Great Recession. Also good news: This rate has steadily declined, with 2.7 million fewer kids living with an unemployed parent relative to 2009. One statistic that hasn’t dropped steadily during this same timeframe? The nation’s child poverty rate, which at 22% in 2014 still hovers higher than pre-recession levels. 

Across the country, Alaska and Rhode Island have the highest percentage of kids (9%) living with at least one unemployed parent. North Dakota, Minnesota and Utah have the lowest (3%).  

Fewer children living with at least one unemployed parent

See more employment statistics — at the national and state level — in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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