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The impact of unemployment (and the GA’s decision to cut UI benefits) on NC’s kids

Poverty & Family Economics

Progressive Pulse, by Sabine Schoenbach

A new national report released by the Urban Institute and First Focus shows that 1 in 10 children in North Carolina lived in a family with at least one unemployed parent in 2012, a percentage that has more than doubled since the start of the Great Recession in 2007. 

As the report highlights, the effects of parental job loss on children can be severe. Economic stress links to parents’ responses to their children and children’s wellbeing. And studies of unemployment and family income show that poverty increases sharply among the long-term unemployed. The adverse effects of children living in poverty can last well into adulthood. …Read more