(U.S.) – Over the past year, more than 1 million parents have left the labor force due to their children going to either full-or part-time remote learning, and most were women.
However, a new Gallup survey found that only 47% of parents whose kids are in school remotely work full time, and 71% of parents who work full time have kids enrolled into in-person school options. Results from the Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics Recovery Study noted that overall, parents with children in remote-only or hybrid learning environments are much less likely to be employed full time than those whose children are learning at school.
The report indicated that parents whose children are engaged in distance learning are significantly more likely than those whose kids are at school full time to be out of the labor force altogether — 24% vs. 15%. They are also about twice as likely to be working part-time (18% vs. 9%) or unemployed (11% vs. 5%).
Additionally, according to the study, among Americans overall, women are less likely than men to work full time and the same is true of parents — 41% of women with school-age children currently work full-time vs. 69% of men. Among women with children learning full-time at school, a clear majority — 57% – say they are working full time, but this drops to 38% of those whose children are learning remotely all or part of the time. The flip side of this is that the proportion of mothers who are out of the labor force rises from one-fourth (25%) among those with children full-time in school to one-third (32%) among those with children learning remotely.