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Finally - and I see people talking about this but no one seems to understand how dire it is - childcare is still really difficult to arrange right now , and what is available is expensive enough it takes a decent hourly wage to come near making it worthwhile.


But unfortunately, it's a fairly predictable outcome of a lot of the trends in our economy these days, all of which are driving up wages in the lower end of the markets. The discussions over the 'Fight for $15' seemed to focus on fast food jobs, where labor costs were an important but not majority proportion of business expenses and where mechanization allows for greater efficiency, allowing significant increases in compensation without having to see large increases in prices. But you can't do that with child care, where almost the entire cost of production is labor and where regulatory limits prevent you from 'producing' more child care with fewer workers (ie. more kids per adult).

So when we raise the wages in fast food and retail and warehouse jobs to $15 or more, the child care industry can't keep paying just $10-12 per hour like they were - especially since the job these days involves necessary exposure to lots of unvaccinated kids. Almost all of that increase in labor costs has to get passed through to the customer. And so child care gets both scarcer and more expensive.


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