Analysis: The Impact Of Caregiving On Employment.

September 4, 2022

The New York Times (9/4, Span) in an analysis reported approximately “22 to 26 million American adults currently provide care for family members or friends, most of them older people, who need help with daily activities.” The Times said, “Caregivers who are employed often reduce their work hours or leave the workplace altogether, research has shown.” A study led by economist Yulya Truskinovsky found that, “Among those who became caregivers, employment dropped almost 8 percent compared to demographically similar non-caregivers.” Truskinovsky said, “We see little evidence that they either reduce hours or switch to self-employment. They leave the labor force and remain out of it for quite a long time.” Even in cases where “caregivers keep their jobs, another recent study indicates, almost one-quarter report either missed work (absenteeism) or reduced productivity (known as presenteeism).”

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