Children whose parents lack secure employment

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Why This Indicator Matters

Unemployment is a pervasive issue in the United States, and parental unemployment has a direct effect on a child's economic stability and overall well-being. Without full-time employment of at least one parent, a child's basic needs can be extremely difficult to meet. Many families across the nation fall under the category of "working poor," a term that denotes families with working parents who live in poverty because their wages are not enough to cover basic needs including food, housing and stable child care. Secure employment improves family life by providing stability and reducing the stress level generated by unemployment. A high income is associated with numerous positive outcomes for children including better health, academic achievement and financial well-being later in life, all of which generate a brighter collective future for us all.
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Definitions: Three-Year Average Percentage of Children Living in Families Where No Parent Has Full-time, Year-round Employment, Delaware.

Data Source:  Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research, University of Delaware.

Footnotes: *Some Delaware indicators are presented as three- or five- year averages because rates based on small numbers of events in this modestly-populated state can vary dramatically from year to year. A three- or five- year average is less susceptible to distortion. In these cases, it is helpful to look at trends rather than at actual numbers, rates or percentages due to the small numbers.