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Labor Day statement ties lack of good jobs to decline in family life


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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Today's "economic and political forces have led to increasingly lowered economic prospects for Americans without access to higher education, which is having a direct impact on family health and stability," said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami.

He made the comments as the author of this year's Labor Day statement from the U.S. bishops.


Linking the decline in good jobs to family woes, Archbishop Wenski said, "Over half of parents between the ages of 26 and 31 now have children outside of a marriage, and research shows a major factor is the lack middle-skill jobs -- careers by which someone can sustain a family above the poverty line without a college degree -- in regions with high income inequality."

The statement, dated Sept. 5, Labor Day, was released Aug. 22. Archbishop Wenski is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

"Divorce rates and the rate of single-parent households break down along similar educational and economic lines," he continued. "Financial concerns and breakdowns in family life can lead to a sense of hopelessness and despair. The Rust Belt region now appears to have the highest concentration in the nation of drug-related deaths, including from overdoses of heroin and prescription drugs."

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