Research Report Unemployment from a Child's Perspective
Julia B. Isaacs
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This issue brief examines unemployment from a child's perspective, reporting that 6.2 million children lived in families with unemployed parents in 2012. Many of these children live with parents who have been out of work six month or longer. Unemployment insurance covers only 36 percent of children with unemployed parents; unemployed parents are more likely to receive SNAP benefits than UI benefits. The brief provides estimates of children affected by unemployment by state and metropolitan area, considers the effects of parental job loss on child development, and reviews policies affecting the safety net for children of the unemployed.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being Hunger and food assistance Unemployment and unemployment insurance
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population