Friday, May 18th, 2012
The Census Bureau made official this week a hypothesis that has been floating around for years: white babies are no longer the majority race for children being born in the U.S. From The New York Times:
Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July, according to Census Bureau data made public on Thursday, while minorities — including Hispanics, blacks, Asians and those of mixed race — reached 50.4 percent, representing a majority for the first time in the country’s history.
Such a turn has been long expected, but no one was certain when the moment would arrive — signaling a milestone for a nation whose government was founded by white Europeans and has wrestled mightily with issues of race, from the days of slavery, through a civil war, bitter civil rights battles and, most recently, highly charged debates over efforts to restrict immigration.
While over all, whites will remain a majority for some time, the fact that a younger generation is being born in which minorities are the majority has broad implications for the country’s economy, its political life and its identity. “This is an important tipping point,” said William H. Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution, describing the shift as a “transformation from a mostly white baby boomer culture to the more globalized multiethnic country that we are becoming.”
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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Nearly a third of American fathers with working wives stay at home at least one day each week to care for children, a new analysis of 2010 U.S. census data has found. Twenty percent of fathers with children under age 5 are the primary child caretakers in their family.
CNNMoney has more:
Not only has it become more necessary for men to pitch in at home, but fathers have also become more available to do so. “It’s a combination of mothers going to work and fathers being out of work as a result of the recession,” said Lynda Laughlin, a family demographer at the Census Bureau.
Men were particularly hard hit by the steep job losses during that time, losing 4 million jobs since 2007, while women lost just over 2 million during the same time period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Monday, November 21st, 2011
Census data analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has calculated that the average cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 is currently $226,920.
But although that sounds like a high number, Forbes blogger Tom Barlow has determined that it’s not functionally any higher than the cost of raising a child in 1960. From Barlow’s blog:
According to the U.S. Census, the median income of families in 1960 was $5,600; in 2010, it was $49,445. Adjusted for inflation, though, the 1960 income would be $41,253.84 in 2010 dollars; not a huge amount different from current day income.
In 1960, the projected cost to raise a child to the age of 18, in 2010 dollars, was $185,856. This means that in 1960 a child would have cost 450% of a year’s income, vs. today’s 459% of annual income. This isn’t a huge difference. This should come as some solace to would-be parents.
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Friday, November 11th, 2011
A new report based on census data found that 51 percent of working women who had their first child between 2006 and 2008 received some sort of paid leave (maternity, sick, or vacation) from their employers. This number was up from previous data, with only 42 percent of women receiving similar paid leave between 1996 and 2000.
The report, Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers, 1961-2008, uses census data to follow trends in women’s work experience before and after they have children. Key findings from the report include:
- Women are more likely to work while pregnant than they did in the 1960s. Two-thirds (66 percent) of women who had their first birth between 2006 and 2008 worked during pregnancy, compared with 44 percent who had their first birth between 1961 and 1965.
- Eight out of 10 (82 percent) working women who had their first birth between 2006 and 2008 worked within one month of their child’s birth compared with 73 percent of working women who gave birth to their first child between 1991 and 1995.
- Older mothers are more likely than younger mothers to work closer to the end of their pregnancies. Sixty-seven percent of mothers 22 and older worked into the last month of their pregnancy, compared with 56 percent of mothers less than age 22.
- Four out of 10 (42 percent) women received unpaid maternity leave. Both paid and unpaid maternity leave were more likely to be used after birth than before.
- Twenty-two percent of first time mothers quit their jobs – 16 percent while they were pregnant and another 6 percent by 12 weeks after their child’s birth.
- Women who worked during their pregnancy are more likely to return to work within three to five months compared with women who did not work before the birth of their first child.
- Eight out of 10 mothers who worked during their pregnancy returned to work within a year of their child’s birth to the same employer. About seven out of 10 of these women returned to a job at the same pay, skill level and hours worked per week.
- Two out of 10 mothers switched employers when returning to work. These mothers experienced greater job changes compared with mothers who returned to the same employer. One out of four was employed at a new job that had comparable pay, skill level and hours worked.
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