College-educated moms slow to return to workforce

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According to new research, college-educated moms have been slow to return to work and — in some cases — are dropping out of the workforce altogether.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused families across the country a lot of hardship and disruption as childcare and school hours have been reduced and eliminated. That's had an impact on the workforce — particularly for mothers.

According to new research by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, college-educated moms have been slow to return to work and — in some cases — are dropping out of the workforce altogether.

Misty Heggeness, principal economist and senior adviser for evaluations and experiments at the Census Bureau and co-author of the report, joined host Cathy Wurzer to talk about the reasons why and the distribution of labor within families.

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

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