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Health Indicator Report of New Mexico Population - Young Children With Parents in the Workforce

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 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

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

Data Interpretation Issues

Population estimates include fractions, hence the sum of population subgroup estimates may not exactly equal the overall state population estimates due to rounding error.


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


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


The estimated number of all children under age 6 in the population.

Healthy People Objective: EMC-1, (Developmental) Increase the proportion of children who are ready for school in all five domains of healthy development: physical development, social-emotional development, approaches to learning, language, and cognitive development

U.S. Target: Developmental

Other Objectives

New Mexico Early Learning Indicator

Available Services

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Page Content Updated On 08/09/2017, Published on 12/21/2018
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Content updated: Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:53:37 MST