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Report: Working Women Falling Behind in Washington

“Even though $35,000 might sound okay for maybe one person, when you factor in taking care of those two children – their child care costs and what it takes to prepare them for school and keep them healthy – those bills really start to add up.” Two-thirds of Washington children in single-parent families now live in poverty, the report says. It also covers workplace benefits, which are eroding for all full-time workers. For example, only 54 percent of employers in Washington offer health insurance, down from 76 percent 10 years ago. In the same time period, the number of companies that offer retirement benefits dropped from 60 percent to 36 percent. The report, “Washington’s Working Women 2012,” is available at www.EOIOnline.org.

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