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Unemployed parent

Statewide, 5.4 percent of children under age 6 have no working parent, well below the national rate of 9.2 percent. Unemployment is associated with stress, anxiety, and depression in the unemployed adult, which can lead to an increase in family stress and contribute to negative outcomes for children, including low birth weight, child abuse, low academic achievement, and behavior problems.