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Dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare access

January 26, 2015

In 2014, 54 percent of state and local government workers and 36 percent of private industry workers had access to dependent care reimbursement accounts. Only 13 percent of state and local government workers and 10 percent of private industry workers had access to workplace-funded childcare.

Percentage of workers with access to dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare, selected characteristics, 2014
Percentage of workers with access to dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare, selected characteristics, 2014
Characteristic Dependent care Childcare
State and local government Private industry State and local government Private industry

All workers

54 36 13 10

Management, professional, and related occupations

56 58 14 18

Union

57 44 16 15

Nonunion

52 35 11 10

Junior colleges and 4-year colleges and universities

64 78 27 27

Fifty-eight percent of private industry workers in management, professional, and related occupations had access to dependent care accounts in 2014. By comparison, 18 percent of private industry workers in service occupations had access.

Access to workplace-funded childcare varied among worker groups. Union workers, for example, had higher rates of access than did nonunion workers. In 2014, 15 percent of private industry union workers had access to workplace-funded childcare, compared with 10 percent of nonunion workers.

Of workers employed by junior colleges or 4-year colleges and universities, 64 percent of state and local government workers and 78 percent of private industry workers had dependent care accounts. In contrast, 27 percent of both state and local government workers and private industry workers had access to workplace-funded childcare.

These data are from the National Compensation Survey-Benefits program. For more information, see Access to dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare by Eli R. Stoltzfus in the January 2015 edition of Beyond the Numbers. A dependent care reimbursement account allows employees to use some of their pretax salary to pay for dependent care. Workplace-funded childcare covers the full or partial cost of caring for an employee’s children in a nursery, day care center, or by a childcare worker.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Dependent care reimbursement accounts and workplace-funded childcare access on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/dependent-care-reimbursement-accounts-and-workplace-funded-childcare-in-2014.htm (visited September 27, 2020).

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