Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Latest Statewide Employment News and Child Care Costs

This is our regularly-scheduled Tuesday for the release of Oregon's statewide employment numbers and unemployment rate. However, our news release occurs on Wednesday this month. You can watch the live news release tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on the home page!

For today, a story about the cost of child care in Oregon caught our attention.

KDRV-TV reports that the cost of child care is rising in Oregon. The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies cites Oregon as the seventh most expensive state of child care in the U.S. A new report about child care in the state finds that costs for care rose by 7 percent more than family incomes between 2004 and 2010. In addition, researchers found that the average minimum wage worker in Oregon spends almost 60 percent of their income on child care.

You can find more information in the full story, or by reviewing the 2010 Child Care and Education in Oregon report.

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