Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Economic News Release
PRINT:Print
ATUS ATUS Program Links

Table 9. Number and percent of eldercare providers who were parents of household children under age 18 by sex and selected characteristics, averages for the combined years 2017-2018

Table 9. Number and percent of eldercare providers who were parents of household children under age 18 by sex and selected characteristics, averages for the combined years 2017-2018 [Numbers in thousands]
Characteristic Eldercare providers with children under age 18 living at home
Total Men Women
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent

Parent of household children under 18 years

Total, parent of one or more household children

8,211 100.0 3,221 100.0 4,989 100.0

Parent of a household child age 6 to 17, none younger

5,367 65.4 2,153 66.8 3,214 64.4

Parent of a household child under age 6

2,844 34.6 1,069 33.2 1,775 35.6

Employment status

Employed

6,741 82.1 2,982 92.6 3,759 75.3

Full-time workers

5,634 68.6 2,868 89.0 2,766 55.4

Part-time workers

1,107 13.5 114 3.5 993 19.9

Not employed

1,470 17.9 240 7.4 1,230 24.7

Marital status

No spouse or unmarried partner present in household

1,229 15.0 206 6.4 1,023 20.5

Spouse or unmarried partner present in household

6,981 85.0 3,015 93.6 3,966 79.5

Number of care recipients

Caring for one person

5,138 62.6 1,916 59.5 3,222 64.6

Caring for two persons

2,397 29.2 949 29.5 1,448 29.0

Caring for three or more persons

675 8.2 357 11.1 319 6.4

Relationship to care recipient

Total, all eldercare providers

8,211 (1)- 3,221 (1)- 4,989 (1)-

Caring for a spouse or unmarried partner(2)

9 0.1 (3)- (4)- 9 0.2

Caring for a parent

3,924 47.8 1,774 55.1 2,149 43.1

Caring for a grandparent(5)

1,654 20.1 369 11.5 1,285 25.8

Caring for another related person

2,141 26.1 1,003 31.1 1,139 22.8

Caring for a friend or neighbor

1,242 15.1 518 16.1 724 14.5

Caring for someone else

545 6.6 141 4.4 404 8.1

Age of care recipient

Total, all eldercare providers

8,211 (1)- 3,221 (1)- 4,989 (1)-

Caring for someone age 65 to 69

1,310 16.0 519 16.1 791 15.9

Caring for someone age 70 to 74

2,257 27.5 1,043 32.4 1,215 24.3

Caring for someone age 75 to 79

2,273 27.7 914 28.4 1,359 27.2

Caring for someone age 80 to 84

1,970 24.0 676 21.0 1,294 25.9

Caring for someone age 85 or older

2,394 29.2 978 30.4 1,415 28.4

Care of household or nonhousehold members(6)

Provided eldercare to household member(s) only

460 5.6 148 4.6 312 6.3

Provided eldercare to nonhousehold member(s) only

7,613 92.7 3,040 94.4 4,573 91.7

Frequency of care(7)

Provided care daily

1,007 12.3 348 10.8 659 13.2

Provided care several times a week

1,850 22.5 673 20.9 1,177 23.6

Provided care once a week

1,745 21.3 671 20.8 1,074 21.5

Provided care several times a month

2,020 24.6 810 25.2 1,209 24.2

Provided care once a month

1,137 13.9 627 19.4 511 10.2

Other

453 5.5 93 2.9 359 7.2

Duration of care(8)

Provided care for less than 1 year

2,009 24.5 619 19.2 1,390 27.9

Provided care for 1 to 2 years

2,298 28.0 847 26.3 1,450 29.1

Provided care for 3 to 4 years

1,204 14.7 554 17.2 649 13.0

Provided care for 5 to 9 years

1,609 19.6 657 20.4 952 19.1

Provided care for 10 years or more

1,091 13.3 544 16.9 547 11.0

Footnotes
(1) Categories sum to more than 100 percent because some eldercare providers cared for more than one person.
(2) Care for a spouse or unmarried partner may be underreported. See the Technical Note for more information.
(3) Estimate is less than 0.05 percent of the population.
(4) Estimate is approximately zero.
(5) Refers only to persons caring for a grandparent who did not live with them. Persons caring for a grandparent with whom they lived are included in the category "Caring for another related person."
(6) Not all categories are shown.
(7) Survey participants were asked how often they provided care in the past 3 to 4 months; this information was used to categorize them by frequency of care.
(8) For persons who provided eldercare to more than 1 person, the duration of care is calculated based on the person for whom they had cared the longest.

NOTE: Eldercare providers are those who, in the previous 3 to 4 months, cared for someone with a condition related to aging. Estimates were calculated for persons who cared for at least one person age 65 or older. Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

Table of Contents

Last Modified Date: November 22, 2019