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More moms staying home full-time

More moms staying home full-time
Posted April 9th, 2014 @ 12:14pm by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Fifteen years ago, only 23% of moms didn't have jobs outside their homes—a modern low.

If 2012's numbers are any clue, however, things are changing: The figure rose to 29%, Pew Research reports.

The climbing numbers turn a three-decade trend upside down.

What's changed? The AP highlights the high cost of childcare: On average, the weekly cost of childcare for families with working moms shot up 70% between 1985 and 2011, from $87 to $148.

Some 34% of stay-at-home moms live in poverty, while 12% of working mothers do.

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