Pandemic hits households with kids hardest

A survey released in late May showed 55 percent of households with a child under age 18 had at least one adult lose employment income since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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While the coronavirus pandemic is causing concern for all, households with children have been especially hard hit, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. A survey released in late May showed 55 percent of households with a child under age 18 had at least one adult lose employment income since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is higher than the rate for all households.

Adults in households with children who were not working the previous week — and reported a reason — were also more likely to attribute it to permanent loss of employment since March 13, such as layoffs or business closures. In contrast, adults not living with children were more likely to indicate their not working was temporary, such as a furlough. Adults living with children were also more likely to report not having enough to eat and concern about their ability to pay their rent or mortgage. Learn more at census.gov