A Census Bureau report released on Tuesday says that the number of households with children under 18 with at least one unemployed parent increased by 33 percent between 2005 and 2011 from 2.4 million to 3.2 million. In addition, home ownership among households with children under 18 declined by 15 percent to 20.8 million during that same time period.
The report is titled, "America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012," and touches on all aspects of the living arrangements of Americans. Jamie Lewis a demographer for the Census Bureau and co-author of the report says that while the recession had an impact, the effects have not dissipated since the recession ended:
Home ownership among families declined, while food stamp receipt and parental unemployment increased. Even after the recession officially ended in 2009, these measures remained worse than before it began.
Other parts of the report show some dramatic changes in American households in the last several decades. For instance:
The share of households that consisted of married couples with children shrunk by half between 1970 and 2012, from 40 percent to 20 percent. At the same time, the percentage of households consisting of a person living alone climbed from 17 percent to 27 percent.
Some other notable report findings: