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The Percentage of Children Under Age 6 for Whom All Parents Are in the Labor Force by County, New Mexico, 2013-2017

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Why Is This Important?

Parents and families are characteristically the earliest educators of young children, and the level of parental interaction during formative years is linked to a variety of academic outcomes. However, the degree of parental involvement may be influenced by the labor-force participation of the parents, particularly in single-parent households. An increased need for quality child care is found in family settings where all parents are employed full-time.

The Percentage of Children Under Age 6 for Whom All Parents Are in the Labor Force by County, New Mexico, 2013-2017


The percentage of children under age 6 for whom the only parent or both parents are in the labor force.

Data Notes

The percentage of young children with working parents was calculated from 2013-2017 ACS 5-Year Estimates. The resulting percentages were applied to 2015 UNM GPS population estimates (2015 being the midpoint of the ACS estimates). Statistical stability, reported in the data table, is based on a statistic called the "Relative Standard Error," or RSE, which is the standard error expressed as a proportion of the point estimate. An "unstable" count or rate may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance). A "very unstable" count or rate should not be used to inform decisions. Problems with statistical instability typically occur when there is a small number of health events in a small population. For more information on statistical stability, visit the [ NM-IBIS Reliability & Validity] page.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program.
  • U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:The estimated number of children under age 6 with all parents in the labor force.
Denominator:The estimated number of all children under age 6 in the population.

Data Issues

All population estimates apply to July 1 of the selected year. These estimates are considered the most accurate estimates for the state of New Mexico and should match those found on the University of New Mexico Geospatial and Population Studies website. Estimates include decimal fractions. Census tract population estimates were summed to produce County and Small Area population estimates. Population estimate totals may vary due to rounding. Population estimates for previous years are occasionally revised as new information becomes available. When publishing trend data, always be sure that your rates for earlier years match current rates on NM-IBIS that have been calculated with the most up-to-date population estimates.

Health Topic Pages Related to: New Mexico Population - Young Children With Parents in the Workforce

Community Health Resources and Links

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

Indicator Data Last Updated On 08/09/2017, Published on 12/21/2018
Community Health Assessment Program, Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 1190 S. Saint Francis Drive, P.O. Box 26110, Santa Fe, NM, 87502. Contact Rena Manning at