The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday that the number of people working in child care has increased slightly since the first quarter of 2018, though it still lags behind the job growth rate of more than four times the national average.
As of February 2019, 1.7 million people were employed in child-care jobs, up from 1.3 million in the same period a year earlier, the BLS said.
Child care jobs are usually defined by age and family status, with the majority of workers being employed in families with children.
But there are still more than 1 million child care workers who are not counted in the official unemployment rate.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis defines child care as “working in the home and/or related activities related to the care of children,” with the emphasis on “care of children.”
The BLS defines child-rearing as “the provision of care, services, and support to a child or adolescent from birth to age 16 years, or to adults of any age.”
Bureau of Labor statistics also show that child care employment is up slightly in the past two years, but not as much as in the first half of 2019.
In March 2018, 3.4 million people worked in child services, down slightly from 3.6 million in January.
This time last year, child-friendly job growth was around 5 percent, which is below the B.L.O. forecast of 7.2 percent.