Thursday, August 29, 2013

U.S. Census: Changing Families, Changing Households

"Hardworking families", in all their permutations, are working harder to survive.

New Census Numbers Show Recession’s Effect on Families.  (The New York Times, 8/27/2013)

Excerpt:  The number of households with an unemployed parent soared by 148 percent in Nevada and by more than 50 percent in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey and North Carolina in those years.

Excerpt:  “Over the last half-century, the trend in the U.S. has been toward smaller households, fewer family and married-couple households with children, and more people living alone,” said Jonathan Vespa, another co-author of the report. “Many of these trends reflect a rising age at first marriage and older adults who can live in their own home for longer.”

Excerpt:  The recession also saw more mothers enter the work force and an increasing dependence on food stamps.

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