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Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor sent ANCOR detailed data and analyses on wages, total compensation and job openings for direct care occupations in comparison to eight other occupations with similar requirements for entry. This eye-opening report, based on data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, was also presented to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). We were informed by Administration officials that this data was a di rect result of continued advocacy from ANCOR and the SOS Campaign on the need for data and insight into real costs related to our workforce.
ANCOR’s Senior Director of Government Relations Esme Grant Grewal also presented on the IDD workforce crisis to PCPID making the case that it should be their area of focus for 2017.
In its document entitled, “Labor Costs for Direct Care Workers,” DOL compiled average hourly wages using May 2015 data for each state, calculated total compensation using the same data, and then projected job openings for each occupation for 2014-2024. Projected job openings in the eight alternative occupations were summed to calculate a ratio of projected openings in alternative occupations to openings in direct care occupations. This ratio provides a sense of the level of competition for workers that employers of direct care workers face.
ANCOR is still in the process of analyzing this valuable information, but we wanted to be sure members had immediate access to it to use in your own state advocacy efforts.