More Children With Parents Who Lack Secure Employment

Posted December 9, 2014
Blog More Children With Parents Who Lack Secure Employment 2014

In 2013, one in three chil­dren (23 mil­lion kids) lived in fam­i­lies in which nei­ther par­ent had a reg­u­lar, full-time job. With­out at least one par­ent employed full time, chil­dren are more like­ly to fall into pover­ty. Even a full-time job at a low wage isn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly enough. With­out access to ben­e­fits and tax cred­its, one adult in a two-par­ent fam­i­ly with two chil­dren would need to earn $11.64 per hour work­ing 40 hours per week for 50 weeks per year just to reach the pover­ty line. Mis­sis­sip­pi had the high­est rate of chil­dren liv­ing with par­ents who lack secure employ­ment (39%), while North Dako­ta had the low­est (20%).

Dis­cov­er new employ­ment data avail­able for the nation, states and the 50 largest cities in the KIDS COUNT Data Center:

Chil­dren liv­ing in low-income work­ing fam­i­lies by age group 
Chil­dren liv­ing in low-income house­holds where no adults work 
Chil­dren whose par­ents lack secure employment
Chil­dren ages 6 to 12 with all avail­able par­ents in the labor force
Chil­dren with­out a vehi­cle at home

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