In 2008-9, the recession not only reduced by nearly 2.0 million the number of working-age households with two or more earners, but also increased the number of households with one or no employed workers by the same amount.
Number Employed in Household
0 1 2+
Share of Cost-Burdened* Households 64% 43% 22%
Change in Number of Households 1.65% 0.2% -1.9%
*Cost-burdened households are defined as spending more than 30% of pre-tax income on housing.
Source: Joint Center for Housing Studies (2011) The State of the Nation’s Housing 2011. Cambridge, MA: Author. Figure 27.