FACT: Poverty Rate For Single Mothers Climbs As Jobs & Safety Net Fades

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If you’re a single mother, you should really be worried! The poverty data released this week from the U.S. Census is a harsh reminder of what the economic toll for single mothers. Two-thirds (66 percent) of low-income African American children live in single-mother households.

graph of poverty rate

According to the Huffington Post, In September the Economic Policy Institute released a study examining the causes of rising poverty among black and Latino families, two groups in which the overall poverty rate is high, huge numbers of single mothers are very poor, and marriage rates are falling faster than they are in the general population.

Black and Latina women say they believe children need to grow up with a father at higher rates than non-Hispanic white women do, according to the study. But minority men and women also indicate stronger beliefs that a married man should be able to economically provide for a family.

This should be a wake-up call for all the men out there who are not in their children’s life!

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