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Employment Rates For Single Mothers Fell Substantially During Recent Period Of Labor Market Weakness

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It is widely known that the proportion of single mothers who were employed increased substantially in the mid- and late 1990s. It is less well known, however, that during the last few years of labor market weakness, the proportion of single mothers who are employed has fallen. The employment rate among single mothers fell from 73.0 percent in 2000 to 69.8 percent in 2003 — a larger decline than among other parents or the population overall.