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Younger Workers and the Direct Care Workforce

Fact Sheet
March 30, 2018
Younger Workers and the Direct Care Workforce

The direct care sector will need millions of new workers to meet the growing demand for long-term care, which makes recruiting new populations essential. Younger people are one answer to this recruitment challenge—specifically, those people aged 18 to 24, who comprise nearly 13 percent of the total U.S. labor force. This fact sheet provides a snapshot of younger workers in direct care and the broader labor force. Drawing from broader employment research, we also offer a few tips on how to attract younger people to direct care jobs.

Key Takeaways

Young people aged 18 to 24 make up 16 percent of the direct care workforce.
Young people aged 18 to 24 in the direct care workforce total 567,000 workers.
71% of young people aged 18 to 24 in the direct care workforce work part time or part year.
 
Kezia Scales, PhD
About The Author

Kezia Scales, PhD

Director of Policy Research
Kezia Scales oversees PHI’s national research strategies to effectively study the direct care workforce and its relationship to long-term care, providing an evidence base to inform public policies on this critical workforce.
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