Children under age 6 with all available parents in work force (5-yr averages) 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
For the last three 5-year periods, with the latest period being 2015-2019, he average annual rate of children under age 6 with all parents in the work force has held at 70 to 71%. Prior periods back to 2006, the rates of all parents in the work force were 66- 69%.

At the county level, for the most recent 5-year annual average, from 2015-2019, five counties had rates that exceeded the state rate of 70.7%  These  were: Androscoggin (77.5%), Sagadahoc (76.9%), Cumberland (75.1%). York (73.7%),  and Oxford (71.5%)  The counties with the lowest rate of children under age 6 with all available parents in the workforce were: Piscataquis (51.8%), Washington (58.0%) and Aroostook (59.6%).
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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, 2010 represents an annual average for the years 2015-2019.

Updated December 2020..