Boom in Childcare Jobs Post Covid: A Detailed Analysis of BLS Report
Chart: Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, UC BerkeleySource: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Current Employment Statistics,” Series Code: CES6562440001, available at https://beta.bls.gov/dataViewer/view/timeseries/CES6562440001
What the above Graph Tells Us:
- Childcare jobs per month are on the rise post-COVID.
- The end of federal investment to stabilize childcare is approaching, with employment currently only 3.7% below pre-pandemic levels.
- Since the introduction of ARPA funds in 2021, 146,000 childcare jobs have been restored.
- However, there is a recent slowing down in the national recovery of childcare jobs, highlighting the need for ongoing support and attention to ensure sustained growth in the sector.
|-39,400 Childcare jobs lost since Feb 2020||96.3% Percentage of childcare jobs today compared to Feb 2020|
City Wise JobsChart: Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, UC BerkeleySource: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Current Employment Statistics,” available at https://beta.bls.gov/dataViewer/view/4918eefb944741d5aeb3d89dee5e5705
Insights on Data Source
- Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2023). Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics survey.
- The current month’s jobs numbers are a preliminary estimate by BLS. Our figures include BLS adjustments to previous months and thus may differ from earlier Jobs Tracker Figures. These estimates include employees in the “child day care services” industry, which includes child care, Head Start, preschool and school-age care programs. The estimates include employees only and do not include self-employed workers, such as owners of home-based childcare figures published by CSCCE.
- This employment data cannot be disaggregated by education, race/ethnicity, role, setting, or funding stream.
- For the “child day care services” industry, estimates for a few states and cities are available, a selection of which are included here. The availability of state- or city-level estimates varies by industry, and the most recent month’s job numbers are a preliminary estimate by BLS. These data are released by BLS later in the month than national.