Mothers With Young Children Working at Highest-Ever-Recorded Rate

Mothers with children under 5 years old are working now more than ever before, according to a report from the Brookings Institution.

According to Brookings’ Hamilton Project, 70.4% of women with children under the age of five were participating in the workforce, compared to 68.9% before the pandemic.

Ten years ago, this group had a labor force participation rate of around 63%.

The rate is even higher for women with at least a bachelor’s degree, whose pre-pandemic peak was 77.9%, but have reached nearly 81% as of April.

“They and women without children are so far the only groups who across all education levels have generally returned to or exceeded pre-pandemic rates of participation,” study authors Lauren Bauer, Hamilton Project associate director, and Sarah Yu Wang, research intern, wrote. (Read more from “Mothers With Young Children Working at Highest-Ever-Recorded Rate” HERE)

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