Civic Report No. 44 December 2004


Child Poverty and Welfare Reform: Stay the Course

Table 2. Percent of Children1) Under Age 18 Living with a Currently Working Mother or Father

 

 

1985

1990

1995

2000

2002

Children under age 18

All Races2)

Percent living with:

-working mother

52.7

57.5

59.7

63.0

61.7

 

-working father

70.8

69.2

67.1

69.9

68.0

 

-at least one working parent

84.6

85.3

84.7

89.8

88.8

Black, non-Hispanic

Percent living with:

-working mother

49.6

52.8

56.0

66.2

64.5

 

-working father

38.7

34.8

33.8

38.8

37.8

 

 -at least one working parent

64.3

64.3

66.8

79.0

77.3

Hispanic

Percent living with:

-working mother

39.4

44.5

42.6

51.8

52.6

 

-working father

61.2

61.7

59.8

65.9

63.9

 

 -at least one working parent

74.6

77.6

75.9

85.7

85.4

White, non-Hispanic

Percent living with:

-working mother

55.1

60.8

64.5

65.2

63.7

 

-working father

78.6

77.7

76.5

77.9

75.9

 

 -at least one working parent

90.3

91.3

90.9

93.4

92.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children under age 7, none older

All Races2)

Percent living with:

-working mother

46.1

50.2

51.9

55.9

54.3

 

-working father

71.3

69.7

65.7

69.6

68.9

 

-at least one working parent

81.9

82.7

80.9

87.8

86.9

Black, non-Hispanic

Percent living with:

-working mother

39.6

41.9

45.3

58.3

55.4

 

-working father

34.3

29.5

28.3

36.1

36.1

 

 -at least one working parent

53.6

53.8

56.2

74.2

70.9

Hispanic

Percent living with:

-working mother

33.7

37.2

34.2

44.4

43.6

 

-working father

62.5

62.1

58.6

65.1

63.8

 

 -at least one working parent

72.3

75.8

71.9

82.9

82.4

White, non-Hispanic

Percent living with:

-working mother

48.9

53.9

57.6

58.6

57.2

 

-working father

78.9

78.3

75.6

77.4

76.8

 

 -at least one working parent

88.2

89.2

88.5

91.9

91.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children ages 717, none younger

All Races 2)

Percent living with:

-working mother

61.5

67.8

68.9

71.0

69.6

 

-working father

69.5

68.3

67.0

68.3

66.5

 

-at least one working parent

87.7

89.1

88.3

91.3

90.7

Black, non-Hispanic

Percent living with:

-working mother

59.2

64.0

65.7

71.3

69.9

 

-working father

39.9

38.3

35.5

39.4

37.6

 

 -at least one working parent

72.6

74.5

75.6

82.5

81.2

Hispanic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percent living with:

-working mother

45.8

55.8

55.1

62.3

62.2

 

-working father

57.6

57.5

57.9

60.5

61.6

 

 -at least one working parent

77.1

81.0

79.8

87.1

88.0

White, non-Hispanic

Percent living with:

-working mother

63.5

70.3

72.0

72.8

71.1

 

-working father

76.0

75.1

74.9

75.5

73.8

 

 -at least one working parent

91.7

92.9

92.3

94.1

93.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Excludes children who do not live with parents

2) Includes races other than black, Hispanic, and white

Note: Currently working refers to employed last week. These are annual averages of monthly data from the CPS Outgoing Rotation Groups (ORG).

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