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Working Parents…Passé?

While nearly 8 out of 10 Americans in their “prime” have a job, one report calls working parents an “endangered species.”

What this tells us about America now & the presidential race ahead.

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What’s Going On?

  • Job market looks like it did in 2007 before the “Great Recession” for “prime age” Americans age: 25 to 54
  • More Americans now seeking work & re-entering the job force – a sign of a healthy job market.
  • Women participating in higher rates in the job market than men; some data suggests more men going back to school.
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“Even with the exorbitant cost of child care, I am now bringing home real money.”

Valarie Regas of Atlanta, speaking to the Associated Press about her job search experience. After her second child, she stopped working because of the high cost of child care, but recently learned a new skill and started a new job. When a man or woman isn't actively looking for work, they are not considered part of the labor force.
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Parents make up a smaller share of the U.S. labor force now than at any other time in at least a century… But it’s not because parents aren’t working. It’s because workers aren’t becoming parents.”

Washington Post's analysis of Census Bureau & Labor Dept data showing the number of working parents is dropping, but not just because parents are choosing to spend more time with their kids. Birth rates in America dropped to a 30-year low. Some say high cost of child care is a factor.
Current Events

Should the gov't help pay for childcare? Dem. Pres. candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren offers a plan for universal child care by taxing the wealthy. Critics say a child care system should mimic public schools. Others say child care can't replace the value of stay-at-home-parents.

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