Recession Leaves 10.5 Million Children With Unemployed Parents
- The recession has nearly doubled the number of children with an unemployed parent, with the number rising from 5.5 million to 10.5 million kids since December 2007.
- Almost half of unemployed women and one-third of unemployed men are parents.
- Children are disproportionately impacted by unemployment. Fourteen percent of children have an unemployed parent. This percentage is double that of working-age adults aged 18 to 64 and without children, 7.4% of whom were unemployed in December 2009.
- The youth unemployment rate of summer 2009 was the highest on record. Data was first collected in the summer of 1948.