This fact sheet explores parental employment in low-income families and policies that can support low-income families. Findings from the research reviewed indicates 55% of all children in low-income families have at least one parent who works full-time and year-round; almost half (44%) of low-income parents with no employment reported they were not working because they were taking care of their families; and low-income parents who work are more likely to be employed in service occupations in which the are not only likely to have lower earnings and fewer opportunities for full-time employment, but they are also less likely to receive benefits such as health insurance, paid vacation, or holidays. Policy recommendations include: protect and expand the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, raise the minimum wage, help low-income working parents with child care costs, and strengthen unemployment insurance for unemployed low-wage workers. 2 figures and 9 references.
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