Childcare benefits remain uncommon

October 20, 1998

Private employers extended childcare benefits to 1 out of 25 employees in 1995-96. Childcare benefits were barely measurable when the Bureau of Labor Statistics first included them in a survey of medium and large establishments in 1985 and have increased only slightly since more comprehensive data were first collected in 1990.

Incidence of childcare benefits in private industry, 1995-96
[Table data—TXT]

In 1995-96, workers in medium and large private establishments were more likely to receive childcare benefits than were workers in small establishments. Among occupational groups by establishment size, the largest difference across categories was the spread between professional and technical employees in medium and large establishments (15 percent of whom received childcare benefits) and blue-collar and service workers in small establishments (less than 1 percent of whom received childcare benefits).

Full-time employees were no more likely to receive benefits than were part-timers. There were only small differences in the incidence of childcare benefits for those in the service-producing sector of the economy versus workers in goods-producing industries, as well as for full-time employees covered by collective bargaining agreements versus those not covered.

Childcare benefits include employer-managed facilities both on and off the worksite, as well as direct payments to other providers.

These data are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employee Benefit Survey. For additional information, see Issues in Labor Statistics: Employer-sponsored Childcare Benefits.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Childcare benefits remain uncommon on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1998/oct/wk3/art02.htm (visited July 29, 2016).

OF INTEREST

Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.