NEW YORK (AP) — A look at findings from a new Pew Research Center study released Tuesday showing more women are staying at home full-time to raise their children:
MOTHERS AT HOME: About 29 percent of 10.4 million mothers in 2012 were at home full-time with kids, up from 23 percent in 1999. At the height of the recession in 2008, Pew estimated 26 percent of mothers were home with children.
WORKING HUSBANDS: The largest share of mothers at home, roughly two-thirds, were married with working husbands.
AGE OF CHILDREN: Among all at-home mothers, 51 percent had at least one child 5 or younger, compared with 41 percent of working mothers.
IN SEARCH OF WORK: A growing share of at-home mothers since the turn of the century — 6 percent, up from 1 percent — said they could not find a job.
POVERTY AND EMPLOYMENT: About 34 percent of at-home mothers were living in poverty, compared with 12 percent of working mothers.
IMMIGRANTS: Among at-home mothers living in poverty, 36 percent were immigrants, the report said.
CHILD CARE: Pew cited stagnant incomes for all but the college-educated as a possible factor for less-educated workers who might be weighing the cost of child care against wages and deciding to stay home.