New Analysis on the Direct-Care Workforce
February 1, 2011
A new PHI analysis of the direct-care workforce shows that the wages and benefits for these frontline workers continue to be woefully inadequate.
“The problematic quality of direct-care jobs continues to undermine America’s capacity to produce a caregiving workforce that can deliver the basic hands-on services and supports demanded by millions of elders and persons with disabilities needing assistance with basic daily activities and tasks,” said PHI Director of Policy Research Dorie Seavey, Ph.D.
In 2008, there were more than 3.2 million direct-care workers. By 2018, this workforce is projected to increase to over 4.3 million, making direct-care workers the nation’s second largest occupational grouping.