Child Care Sector Jobs

BLS Analysis

The child care sector added 5,400 jobs last month. This monthly gain reflects a steady but slow upwards trend. Nonetheless, as other sectors return to pre-pandemic levels, child care employment is still 8% below what it was in February 2020.

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Child care jobs lost since Feb 2020

Percentage of child care jobs today compared to Feb 2020

Child care job numbers from selected states and metro areas show a continued, and in some cases, sharp increase from the previous report. As the reports for states and locales are one month behind the national report, these spikes in October may continue to be driven by programs that operate on a school year schedule or increase staffing during the school year. 

Notably, New Jersey, after experiencing a significant decrease during the summer months, has once again reached new pre-Covid job numbers at 99.8% of February 2020 numbers.

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Details on the data source

  • Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2021). Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics survey. 
  • 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 child care 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 small number of 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 jobs numbers are a preliminary estimate by BLS. These data are released by BLS later in the month than national.