The number of U.S. families with children under 18 and married parents featured an employed mother and a father who was either unemployed or not in the labor force is down to 5.3% in 2015, erasing the increase seen during the Recession. Wall Street Journal staffer Ben Leubsdorf reports on the stronger job market drawing in these fathers leading to that number declining for the fifth straight year. (subscription may be required.)
While the number has increased in recent decades, the current 5.3% is equal to the long-run average of 5.3% since 1994:
It remains elevated from the levels seen just before the downturn, though, mirroring a similar trend following the 2001 recession. Ms. Livingston said it will be interesting to see if it continues to decline, or if it again levels off somewhat above its pre-recession rate.