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Americans pay more to train dogs than for child care


November 5, 2015
Workforce
Aimee Picchi
CBS Moneywatch

LiAnne Flakes, 40, has worked in the child care industry for 22 years, and after all that time she says she still can’t afford health insurance and struggles at times to buy groceries.

“I’ve been taking care of other families, making sure their needs are met, but you can’t even take care of your own needs,” she said of her hourly rate, which until recently was $10.75 an hour. “It is a struggle from day to day. Going to the grocery store is a luxury after I pay my bills.”

Despite all this, Flakes is doing better than many other child care workers because 15 percent of them live below the poverty line, or double the poverty rate for workers in other occupations, according to new research from The Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank.