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Pay for babysitters jumps 11 percent amid labor crunch: analysis

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Babysitting pay rates skyrocketed last year, with the child care workers earning 11 percent more in 2021 compared to 2020, according to a new study.

UrbanSitter, a company connecting babysitters looking for work to parents in need of help, conducted a new survey showing the national average pay for a babysitter watching one child last year was $20.57 an hour, Axios reported on Wednesday.

Last year’s survey showed the national average pay for a babysitter watching one child was $18.36 an hour.

Babysitting rates rose just 3.9 percent from 2019 to 2020, according to Axios. UrbanSitter conducted the survey, the company’s 11th annual, based on booking data from more than 10,000 families.

“The bumps that we saw this last year, it was just really disproportionate to anything we’ve seen previously,” UrbanSitter CEO Lynn Perkins told Axios.

The news is a strong sign for babysitters but likely a difficult one for parents and families looking for more affordable child care, which is already astronomically high in the country.

Child care centers have struggled during the pandemic amid stringent pandemic restrictions. The industry lost about a third of its workers and only attracted back about two-thirds of the workforce. Most child care centers raised rates to compensate.

State governments are investing tens of billions of dollars to revive the child care industry.

According to a chart compiled by Axios from the survey, the most expensive city for babysitting is New York, with an average hourly rate of $23.45. 

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