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 2010 -2018 the average annual rate of children who have all parents participating in the workforce has been rising from  66.0% and 71.1%, based on 5 year averages.

At the county level, for the most recent 5-year annual average, from 2014-2018, five counties had rates that exceeded the state rate of 71.1%  Above 75% were: Sagadahoc (75.6%), Androscoggin (76.6%) and Cumberland (76.7%). Knox County (73.8%) and York County (72.9%) also surpassed the state average. The counties with the lowest rate of children with all available parents in the workforce were: Piscataquis (54.6%), Washington (58.8%) and Aroostook (59.9%).
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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, 2018 represents an annual average for the years 2014-2018.

Updated February 2020..