Throughout the pandemic, stressed-out families struggled to find reliable childcare as many providers shut down abruptly due to COVID exposures. This forced many parents and caretakers to take unplanned leave, attempt to work and care for children simultaneously, or to leave the workforce altogether. Research estimates that as many as 40% of parents have had job decisions significantly affected by childcare issues, while gaps in care result in hundreds of millions of dollars in lost economic productivity in each state, each year. While some locations have been able to navigate the shortage of childcare workers, others have not. Researchers ranked metros and states by the number of children per childcare worker.
Cities With a Lack of Childcare WorkersUpdated
Childcare workers have consistently earned approximately 40 percent of the national median wageUpdated
The shortage of childcare workers has worsened by nearly 25 percent in the past decadeUpdated
Childcare workers are scarcest in Washington and DelawareUpdated
Small and midsize metros with a lack of childcare workersUpdated
15. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NCUpdated
14. Oklahoma City, OKUpdated
13. Cleveland-Elyria, OHUpdated
12. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FLUpdated
11. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CAUpdated
10. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WIUpdated
9. New Orleans-Metairie, LAUpdated
8. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WAUpdated
7. Jacksonville, FLUpdated
6. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FLUpdated
5. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NVUpdated
4. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CAUpdated
3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CAUpdated
2. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, INUpdated
1. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WAUpdated
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