Children under age 6 with all available parents in work force in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

Knowing how many children have all parents in the work force is needed to project the capacity needed for child care services.

What the data shows
From 2011 -2017 the average annual rate of children who have all parents participating in the workforce has varied only between  68.6% and 70.4%. The 2006-2010  rate was lower than the most recent 6 years at 66.0%. and the 2013-2017 was the highest rate at 70.4%.

At the county level, for the most recent 5-year annual average, from 2013-2017, four counties had rates between 74.2% and 76.4%. These were: Franklin (76.4%), Sagadahoc (76.2%), Androscoggin (74.2%) and Cumberland (74.2%). The counties with the lowest rate of children with all available parents in the workforce were: Washington (56.9%), Piscataquis (61.1%) and Aroostook (61.5%).
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Definitions: The number and percentage of children 5 years and younger with all parents in the family working. For children living in a married-couple family or subfamily, this means that both parents are in the labor force. For children living in a single-parent family or subfamily, this means the resident parent is in the labor force. The civilian labor force includes persons who are employed and those who are unemployed but looking for work. 

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table B23008

Footnotes: Note that 5-year annual estimates are used to obtain county level data. Thus, 2017 represents an annual average for the years 2013-2017.

Updated March 2019.