A growing number of families need two earners to stay in the middle class, according to Ismat Mangla, senior director of content for MagnifyMoney, a website produced by LendingTree. Meanwhile, according to Mangla, housing and childcare costs have only increased, while wages have remained relatively stable.
In other words, if there are two parents in a household, both probably have to work to maintain a lifestyle above the poverty line. But due to the pandemic and rising childcare costs, it has become increasingly necessary for a parent (often the mother) to stay at home, rather than working full time.
This is yet another way the pandemic appears to create more non-health challenges for women than for men; and one for which a solution is not readily available. Part of the reason is that this problem existed before we knew about COVID-19.
âThe pandemic in many ways has been a tipping point for families in Ohio, especially among working parents with children under age 5,â Public Opinion Strategies said in a briefing note, according to Columbus Business First. âIn an environment where labor shortages are pervasive throughout the state / country, child care has become an economic issue. “
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women’s participation in the labor force has not been so low since the 1980s. Generational progress is being wiped out because affordable and accessible child care has not been a problem. significant political effort. In fact, Public Opinion Strategies reports that 60% of mothers who do not work or who work part-time in Ohio say they would return to work if they had access to quality child care and a child care. reasonable price.
What a difference it could make for our economy.
It is dishonest to claim that there is no socio-cultural component to this problem. But it is the responsibility of policy makers and elected officials to rise above these kinds of things. Finding a solution to Ohio’s lack of affordable and accessible child care services should be high on the priority list.