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NM 4th Worst State For Working Dads

NM 4th Worst State For Working Dads

State Has Highest Percentage Of Kids Below 18 Living In Poverty

With Father’s Day approaching the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads.

Nearly 93 percent of dads with kids younger than 18 are employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But some working dads — those who live in states where economic opportunity abounds and quality of life is emphasized — have it better than others.

Here’s the low-down on life as a working father in New Mexico.

Life as a Working Dad in New Mexico (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 44th – Median Family Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 35th – Male Life Expectancy
  • 51st – Percentage of Kids Younger than 18 (with Dad Present) Living in Poverty
  • 43rd – Unemployment Rate for Dads with Kids Younger than 18
  • 46th – Male Uninsured Rate
  • 33rd – Child-Care Costs (Adjusted for Median Family* Income)
  • 24th – Day-Care Quality

Scoring an average of 48 out of 50, New Mexico earned a 50 in “Economic & Social Well-Being”, 46 in “Child Care” and 39 in “Health”. But the state did achieve a respectable 19 out of 50 in “Work-Life Balance”.

In order to determine the best states for men who play a dual role of parent and provider, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 22 key indicators of friendliness toward working fathers. Their data set ranges from average length of work day for males to child-care costs to share of men in good or better health.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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