Direct care, food service, and cleaning and maintenance workers in residential long-term care are more likely than the average worker to be working part time but want full-time hours: Share of workers who are part time for economic or noneconomic reasons in the overall workforce, among residential long-term care workers, and in selected long-term care occupations

Group Part time for noneconomic reasons Part time for economic reasons Total
All workers 18.5% 4.2% 0
All long-term care workers 22.1% 4.5% 0
Direct care workers 23.0% 5.3% 0
Registered nurses 19.8% 2.6% 0
Licensed practical nurses 19.6% 3.9% 0
Food service workers 34.9% 6.4% 0
Cleaning and maintenance workers 21.8% 7.1% 0

Notes: To ensure sufficient sample sizes and reflect the “normal” pre-pandemic state of this industry, this figure draws from pooled 2015–2019 microdata. “Part time for economic reasons” refers to workers who would prefer to work full-time hours but have only been able to find part-time work (“involuntarily part time”).

Source: Authors’ analysis of 2015–2019 Current Population Survey microdata.

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