country's growing number of in-home workers are more likely to live in
poverty compared to those in other occupations due to low wages and the
lack of benefits they typically receive, a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows.
In 2012, there were nearly 2 million domestic workers, such as nannies, house cleaners and caregivers,
most of whom were women and disproportionately immigrant, according to
the report. Overall, in-home workers made up 1.6 percent of the nation's
total workforce last year.
Many in-home workers are susceptible to exploitation
on the job because they typically do not have employment contracts with
their employer and often work in the shadows, the report noted.
workers, who are mostly female and largely women of color and
immigrants, are a critical and growing part of the economy, yet they are
grievously underpaid and lack the benefits that similar workers receive
in other sectors,” EPI economist and the report's author Heidi
Shierholz said in a statement. “Our country is wealthy enough so that
workers who play such vital caretaking roles should be able to earn a
decent wage. We need policies to protect these workers and help ensure
they’re paid what they deserve.” Read more »