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Barriers to Employment Among Low-Income Mothers in Rural United States Communities
Son, Seo-Hee; Dyk, Patricia Hyjer; Bauer, Jean W.; Katras, Mary Jo;
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 Abstract
This article addresses potential barriers to sustained employment for rural low-income mothers. Drawing from a two panel longitudinal sample of 240 families from the Rural Families Speak project, it examines the extent to which human capital and family factors were related to these mothers` ability to be employed. Comparisons are made between mothers, who over a three-year period, were continuously unemployed, intermittently employed, or stably employed. Many of these rural low-income mothers faced multiple individual and family barriers that impacted their labor force participation. Notably food insecurity, mental health, caring for a young child, housing, and a family history of welfare were associated with less stable employment. The implications for public policy and service delivery are discussed.
 Keywords
employment;employment barrier;low-income;rural;
 Language
English
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