Reuters reports that an increasing number of United States moms are staying home with their kids — due mostly to a sluggish U.S. economy and rising immigration. The Pew analysis which relays this info shows that around 29% of U.S. mothers, or about 10.4 million women, stayed at home in 2012. This is a fairly large rise from a low of 23% in 1999. The Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data notes that the, “Stay-at-home mothers includes women who are at home to care for their families and mothers who cannot find work, are disabled or in school.” 6% of stay-at-home moms (about 634,000 mothers total) stated that they were at home due to lack of work or because they’re unable to find a job. The Pew analysis says, “With incomes stagnant in recent years for all but the college-educated, less educated workers in particular may weigh the cost of child care against wages and decide it makes more economic sense to stay home.”
As for the immigration issue, the report shows that a third of stay-at-home mothers are immigrants. Not all stay-at-home moms are married, although some might think so. According to the Pew analysis, only two-thirds of stay-at-home mothers are married with working husbands, mainly because U.S. marriage rates have fallen and thus the number of single mothers has risen. Of course, some of the stay-at-home moms are likely at home by choice, so we’re curious if our readers are among them. Vote in the poll below!