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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:56 AM

 

Low-Wage Jobs Don’t Just Harm Workers — They Harm Their Children

The recent report by the Pew Research Center that births per every 1000 American women have dropped to historic lows kicked off a flurry of concern amongst conservatives that American culture is beginning to undervalue the future. However, that concern ignores the rather dismal job the country’s economy is doing to care for the children Americans are already having — and the way conservative policy preferences are exacerbating the problem. In particular, Amanda Marcotte flagged a recent round-up of studies at The American Prospect detailing the ways low-wage jobs not only harm the workers who hold them, but can harm the children of those workers as well.

One out of every five children ages 12 to 17 currently live in a low-income family — one making twice the federal poverty level or less. And as the recent round of labor protests against Walmart and the fast food industry highlighted, two out of every three jobs the United States is predicted to produce over the next decade will be low-wage and will not require more than a high school diploma. The proliferation of low-wage work as an ever greater share of America’s job supply can have all sorts of damaging effects on the country’s future generations, as the paper found:

Low-wage work prevents parents from participating in their children’s development...

Children of low-wage parents are often forced into the labor market early themselves...

Children of low-wage parents are more likely to face educational difficulties...

These trade-offs can trap parents in economic or familial hardship...

Children of low-wage parents are more at risk for health problems...

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/07/1304121/low-wage-jobs-dont-just-harm-workers-they-harm-their-children/?mobile=nc

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