How Many Children Are Living With An Unemployed Parent In Your State?

By @gmorcroft on
A man holds pamphlets as he waits at a job fair.

More children in the U.S. lived with at least one unemployed parent in 2013 than before the Great Recession.

According to an analysis by The Urban Institute, a nonpartisan economic and social policy research think tank based in Washington, 2.3 million children were living with a parent who had been unemployed six months or longer, during an average month in 2012. The study said that's three times as many as in 2007.

“Of course, the focus is on the unemployed worker because that’s who the benefits go to, but we wanted to make sure that people remember that many of these unemployed workers are parents, and so it’s not just them but also their children who are supported by unemployment benefits,” Julia Isaacs, a senior research fellow at the Urban Institute, told Youth Today. “And when those benefits are cut, it affects not just the worker but [also] the worker’s family,” the report said.

Here in charts is the story of those kids.

kidchart1 Growth in Children with At Least One Unemployed or Underemployed Parent, 2007-12
kidchart3 Children with at Least One Unemployed Parent, by Race/Ethnicity
kidchart4 Children with Unemployed Parents, by Demographic Characteristics, 2012
kidchart5 Children with At Least One Unemployed Parent, by State




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