Nearly 700,000 More Kids Living in Low-Income Working Families

Posted April 14, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog More Kids Living Low Income Families 2016

It’s a fact: Low-income work­ing fam­i­lies with kids are becom­ing more com­mon­place in the Unit­ed States today.

More specif­i­cal­ly: Low-income work­ing fam­i­lies with kids now make up 23% of the Amer­i­can pub­lic. This sta­tis­tic has risen 3% — and 674,000 kids — since 2008. Even more, these fam­i­lies now rep­re­sent a larg­er slice of the nation’s pop­u­la­tion pie than they have at any point pri­or in the last six years.

America’s grow­ing pool of low-income work­ing fam­i­lies sug­gests that too many par­ents are still toil­ing away in jobs that pay insuf­fi­cient wages, say experts.

The pro­por­tion of kids liv­ing in these finan­cial­ly frag­ile fam­i­lies varies by state. About one in three kids (29%) are from low-income fam­i­lies in Ida­ho ver­sus near­ly one in sev­en kids (14%) in New Hampshire.

Vis­it the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter for more eco­nom­ic well-being sta­tis­tics at the state and nation­al level.

Low-income work­ing fam­i­lies with children
Chil­dren liv­ing in low-income house­holds where no adults work
Chil­dren ages 6 to 12 with all avail­able par­ents in the labor force
Young adults ages 18 to 24 who are enrolled in or have com­plet­ed college
Chil­dren liv­ing with nei­ther parent

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