Child care workers are more likely to be impacted by the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 (RTWA): Numbers and shares of workers affected by the RTWA, projected for 2025
|Group||Total workforce (thousands)||Total affected (thousands)||Share of group affected|
|Child care occupations only||967||486||50.2%|
|Child care occupations + Pre-K and kindergarten teacher occupations||1,586||654||41.2%|
|…excluding those who work in elementary and secondary schools||1,288||561||43.5%|
Notes: The final row in this table represents the group we refer to as “child care workers”—i.e., workers in the “Child care” or “Pre-K and kindergarten teachers” occupation classifications, excluding those who work in the “elementary and secondary schools” industry. The table also shows results for two other definitions of child care workers: (1) only those workers in the “Child care” occupation category (not including the “Pre-K and kindergarten teachers” category), and (2) all workers that appear in either the “Child care” or the “Pre-K and kindergarten teachers” occupation category.
Source: Economic Policy Institute Minimum Wage Simulation Model; see Technical Methodology by Cooper, Mokhiber, and Zipperer (2019).