Hours worked and share of workers with full- or part-time hours, domestic workers versus other workers, 2019

Domestic worker occupations
Child care workers Home care aides
All other (nondomestic) workers Domestic workers Difference House cleaners Nannies Provide care in own home Non- agency-based Agency-based
Average weekly hours 38.94 33.36 -14.3% 26.7 31.1 39.1 34.2 34.2
All 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Full-time 77.3% 54.8% -22.5 ppt. 37.0% 52.3% 67.4% 51.7% 57.6%
Part-time 22.7% 45.2% 22.5 ppt. 63.0% 47.7% 32.6% 48.3% 42.4%
Part-time for economic reasons (i.e., want full-time) 4.0% 9.7% 5.6 ppt. 15.0% 7.4% 6.2% 9.3% 9.4%
Part-time for noneconomic reasons 18.7% 35.6% 16.9 ppt. 47.9% 40.3% 26.4% 39.0% 33.0%

Notes: “Part-time” is defined as usually working less than 35 hours per week on the primary job. Those who say they are working part time because they could only find part-time work or because of slack work or business conditions are categorized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as part-timers “for economic reasons” and often described as workers who would prefer to work full time. The “part-time for economic reasons” category also includes those who are not at work but are usually part time. The “part-time for noneconomic reasons” category includes workers who say they work part time to take care of their children or for other family and personal reasons; while they may prefer to work full time if, say, they could afford child care, they are not included in the standard count of part-timers who want full-time work. To ensure sufficient sample sizes, this table draws from pooled 2017–2019 microdata.

Source: Economic Policy Institute (EPI) analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata, EPI Current Population Survey Extracts, Version 1.0.2 (2020), https://microdata.epi.org

View the underlying data on epi.org.