Home health care workers in the South are overwhelmingly Black and Latinx women: Home health care workers in the South by race/ethnicity and gender

Group Home Health Care workers All workers
Men 8.0% 51.7%
Women of other races 4.0% 2.0%
White women 28.0% 27.6%
Latinx women 17.4% 7.4%
Black women 42.9% 10.8%

Notes: To ensure sufficient sample sizes, these statistics are based on pooled 2011–2020 microdata. Race/ethnicity categories are mutually exclusive (i.e., white non-Hispanic, Black non-Hispanic, Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI), and Latinx any race).

We use the definition of home health care workers specified in Banerjee, Gould, and Sawo (2021). Following the methodology laid out in that study, we identify these workers by their relevant industry and occupational category combination. Home health care workers are identified in the CPS by the following occupations: nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides; personal and home care aides; home health aides; personal care aides; nursing assistants; orderlies; and psychiatric aides. These are combined with the following industry specifications: private households, home health care services, and individual and family services.

Source: Economic Policy Institute (EPI) analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata, EPI Current Population Survey Extracts, Version 1.0.31.

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