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
All occupations 151,743 32,204 21.2%
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).

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