Domestic workers are the nannies, homecare workers, and house cleaners whose work is essential to our economy, and yet they are one of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups of workers. Even before COVID-19, domestic workers earned less than the average US worker and were three times as likely to be living in poverty .
As record inflation continues to plague the globe, domestic workers continue to struggle to gain wages sufficient enough to secure housing and food security. The advocacy group gathered about 14,000 surveys from Spanish-speaking members between April and August, here is what they found:
Economic insecurity has shown little to no change compared to the second quarter of 2022. More than 4 in 10 domestic worker respondents faced housing insecurity and nearly 8 in 10 experienced food insecurity in August 2022.
Of the underemployed domestic worker respondents in August, 67% told us they were underemployed because they did not find more clients, 12% were taking care of relatives, 14% had a health problem, and 7% were underemployed for another reason.