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Number of stay-at-home mothers on the rise, study says

LOS ANGELES -- The percentage of mothers who stay home with their children is rising due to shifting demographics and a troubled job market. The portion of stay-at-home mothers with children under age 18 rose to 29 percent in 2012 from 23 percent in 1999, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Prior to that, the share of stay-at-home moms had declined for three decades as women in general flooded into the workforce. The increase in home-based mothers is driven partly by the desire to focus on children. But it's also partially a result of economic hardship for those lower on the financial rungs. One-third of stay-at-home mothers live in poverty, compared ...

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