You don't need to be old enough to have a job to suffer from the nation’s difficult job market.
A new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute finds that, in 2010, about 18 percent of kids in America were living with at least one unemployed or underemployed parent. That's double what it was before the recession.
In raw numbers, that amounts to about 13 million kids living with a parent who either doesn’t have a job or has a job but would like to be working more hours, according to EPI.
In 2007, before the recession began, about 6.4 million kids were living in that situation.
The situation is especially dire for Hispanic and African-American families. The EPI analysis of government jobs data finds that one in four children from those families had an unemployed or underemployed parent in 2010.
The data paints a bleak picture of the toll the nation’s long-running economic woes may be taking on kids. The nation’s unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent in August, with about 14 million Americans out of work and actively looking for a job.
In addition, another 8.8 million Americans reported that they were working part-time but wanted to be working full-time.