Single Mothers Feeling Harsher Effects of Unemployment

April 14, 2010  |  

(Medill Reports) — Brenda Frierson of Chicago contributes to today’s high unemployment rates–9.7 percent nationally, 10.9 percent in Chicago, 11.4 percent in Illinois–but she faces more than a statistical obstacle in her job search: she is a single mother.

The 52-year-old Frierson has an atypical advantage of a bachelor’s degree, and a staffing agency has placed her successfully in a series of temporary jobs over the past couple of years. Nevertheless, she’s now back on the market, this time hoping to find the security of a full-time opportunity with benefits.

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