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Family Fact Sheet

Divorce and Unemployment

Of the 25.8 million married couples with children under 18, about 6 percent of husbands were unemployed in 2009, compared
with 3 percent in 2007; 4 percent of wives were unemployed in 2009, compared with 2 percent in 2007.
Among the 1.5 million family groups with two unmarried parents, 16 percent of the fathers were unemployed in March of 2009,
compared with 9 percent in March of 2007, while 8 percent of the mothers were unemployed in 2009, compared with 4 percent
in 2007.
In 2009, 12 percent of the 1.7 million father-only family groups with children under 18 were maintained by an unemployed
father, compared with 7 percent in 2007. Of the 9.9 million mother-only family groups, 10 percent were unemployed in 2009
compared with 6 percent in 2007.

The percentage of children living with two parents varied by race and origin —
-- 85 percent of Asian children -- 38 percent of black children-- 69 percent of Hispanic children-- 78 percent of white, non-
7.6 percent of married couples in 2009 were of different races or one spouse was Hispanic and the other was non-Hispanic
In 2009, 67.5 million opposite-sex couples lived together — 60.8 million were married and 6.7 million were not.

The United States had an estimated 5.3 million “stay-at-home” parents: 5.1 million mothers and 158,000 fathers. The number of
stay-at-home moms was lower in 2009 (5.1 million) than in 2008 (5.3 million). The number of stay-at-home dads did not differ
statistically between 2008 and 2009.

Rate of Divorces in 2008 3.5. Nearly 1 in 4 children will see their parents get divorced before they are 18
Fatherless homes account for 63% of youth suicides, 90% of homeless/runaway children, 85% of children with behavior
problems, 71% of high school dropouts, 85% of youths in prison, well over 50% of teen mothers.
times more likely to commit suicide,6.6 times to become teenage mothers, 24.3 times more likely to run away, 15.3 times
more likely to have behavioral disorders, 6.3 times more likely to be in a state-operated institutions, 10.8 times more likely
to commit rape, 6.6 times more likely to drop out of school, 15times more likely to end up in prison while a teenager
Media Use in the Household
Today, 8-18 year-olds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes (7:38) to using entertainment media across a typical day
(more than 53 hours a week
Only about three in ten young people say they have rules about how much time they can spend watching TV (28%) or playing
video games (30%), and 36% say the same about using the computer. But when parents do set limits, children spend less time
with media: those with any media rules consume nearly 3 hours less media per day (2:52) than those with no rules.
About two-thirds (64%) of young people say the TV is usually on during meals, and just under half (45%) say the TV is left on
“most of the time” in their home, even if no one is watching. Seven in ten (71%) have a TV in their bedroom, and half (50%)
have a console video game player in their room
About half (47%) of heavy media users say they usually get fair or poor grades (mostly Cs or lower), compared to about a
quarter (23%) of light users. These differences may or may not be influenced by their media use patterns. (Heavy users are the
21% of young people who consume more than 16 hours of media a day, and light users are the 17% of young people who
consume less than 3 hours of media a day.)
There are substantial differences in children’s media use between members of various ethnic and racial groups. Black and
Hispanic children consume nearly 4½ hours more media daily (13:00 of total media exposure for Hispanics, 12:59 for Blacks,
and 8:36 for White
Household income and Poverty Rates
13 million children under 18 years of age lived in households with incomes below the poverty threshold
($20,614 for a family of 4 in 2006); this represents 17.4 percent of all children in the U.S.
33,4 percent of Black children and 26.9 percent of His-panic children lived in households with incomes
below the poverty
threshold, compared to 10.0 percent of non-Hispanic White children. Over the past two decades, the
percentage of children
in poverty has dropped noticeably among the Black population, while it has remained relatively
constant among Whites. Single-parent families are also particularly vulnerable to poverty: of children
living in households with incomes below 100 percent of the poverty threshold in 2006, 59.6 percent
lived in a female-headed household. However, children living in a female-headed household made up
only 24.1 percent of the overall child population. Overall, 42.0 percent of children living with a female
householder and 20.3 percent of children living with a male householder were living in poverty in 2006

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: December 16, 2009