More mothers have been staying home with their children since the recession ended, but a growing number of them say that’s primarily because they can’t find a job, according to a new study.
Almost three in 10 mothers with children under 18 living with them are stay-at-home moms, an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center showed. That is a 3 percentage point jump from the depth of the recession in 2008.
The Pew study released Tuesday examined the demographic and economic factors driving the rise in stay-at-home moms, a phenomenon that sociologists are still attempting to understand.
After decades of decline, the share of mothers with children in the house began growing around 2000. Around the same time, the percentage of married mothers who hold jobs began to decline.
The shift is most noticeable among women who are immigrants and who do not have college educations.