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Elderly & Child Care Statistics for Employee Caregivers


74 million people

are turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 per day.

PEW Research Center


unpaid, untrained caregivers providing support for loved ones in the US.



unpaid, untrained caregivers are employed.



of these caregivers need more information / help.



of employees providing family elder care are male; 49% female.

- Families and Work Institute

Productivity / Retention:

$38.2 Billion

in productivity is lost annually.


15% of the US workforce

spend an average of 29 hours per week on caregiving responsibilities.

- Ceridian 2016

92% of employed caregivers

have their employment hours or structure impacted.

- Caring.com 2016 survey

60% of working caregivers

have to change their work schedule to accomodate caregiving.

- Caring.com 2016 survey

79% of family caregivers

working full or part-time have missed work in the past 12 months; 31% have missed at least 7 days.

National Center on Caregiving

253 hours

per month is spent on three or more caregiving tasks per day; enough to equal almost two full-time jobs.

Kaiser Health

5 years

is the median duration that family members care for older adults with high needs.

Kaiser Health

Corporate Compliance:

Employee lawsuits

over family responsibilities discrimination rose 590% from 1998 - 2012.

Center for WorkLife Law, UC Hastings College of the Law

Legal action

against employers by employees caring for an elderly loved one is up 650% in the last decade.

Center for WorkLife Law, UC Hastings College of the Law


are winning roughly 70% of their cases.

Administrative Office of the US Courts

20 % of FMLA cases

are made by caregivers.

Department of Labor

Family responsibility

related discrimination has cost employers $477,009,417 between 2006 and 2015.

Center for WorkLife Law, UC Hastings College of the Law

Future Projections:

By 2030

72.8 million US residents (more than 1 in 5) will be 65 or older.

- National Academies

The proportion of

older adults who are likely to require support from family caregivers is projected to climb from 27% in 2012 to 37% by 2050.

- National Academies

The EEOC observes

that eldercare responsibilities generally increase over time as the person cared for ages, and eldercare can be much less predictable because health crises typically arise.

- Boston Lawyer Blog