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Report: recession hit Hawaii harder than most

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Hawaii households with unemployed parents grew 95 percent before and during the recession, compared to the national average increase of 33 percent.

A report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau shows an increase in the number of unemployed parents in households with children under 18 between 2005 and 2011. The report cites the beginning of the recession as 2007.

The state with the worst increase at 148 percent was Nevada, followed by Hawaii’s 95 percent, Florida’s 93 percent, 65 percent in Connecticut and 63 percent in New Jersey.

The number of households with children under 18 who owned their homes, declined by 15 percent to 20.8 million between 2005 and 2011, though the decline was much sharper in parts of the country.

The six states with the most dramatic drops in home ownership were: Michigan, 23 percent; Arizona and California, 22 percent; Ohio, 20 percent; and New Hampshire and Florida at 19 percent.

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