Eldercare Providers Now Encompass 16% of U.S. Working Population

With a domain of 39.8 million people, nearly nine times the size of the 2010 U.S. teacher population, eldercare providers comprise 16% of the U.S. civilian non institutional population age 15 and over in 2011. This report marks the first time statistics about eldercare providers were collected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics rand included in the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).

According to the survey eldercare workers are unpaid individuals who provide care for someone over the age of 65 whose conditions relating to aging require assistance.

The survey found that on days when care was provided, providers spent an average of 3.1 hours providing care with the majority of care involving household and leisure activities.

Of the nearly 40 million people, women account for 56% of eldercare providers. At 45%, individuals aged 45-64 make up nearly half of the population. 42% of eldercare providers care for a parent, and 68% care for only one person.

The study also found that 15% of providers are unemployed, and 36% have provided care for five or more years.

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Written by Erin Hegarty