Secure parental employment is a major factor in the financial well-being of families. It is associated with higher family income and greater access to health insurance.20 It also has been linked to a number of positive outcomes for children, including better health, education and social/emotional development.21 One measure of secure parental employment is the percentage of children whose resident parent or parents were employed full time throughout a given year. Since 2000, the percentage of children living with a securely employed parent has declined for all children, regardless of race and Hispanic origin.
NOTE: The abbreviation NH refers to non-Hispanic origin. Year-round, full-time employment is defined as usually working full time (35 hours or more per week) for 50 to 52 weeks. Children living with a single mother or single father includes some families in which both parents are present in the household but are unmarried partners.
SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement.
20 Child Trends. (2011). Secure parental employment. Retrieved from http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=secure-parental-employment
21 Cauthen, N. (2002). Improving children's economic security: Research findings about increasing family income through employment: Policies that improve family income matter for children (Policy Brief No. 1). Retrieved from http://www.nccp.org/publications/pdf/text_480.pdf