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For many years, the demand for household help out-paced the supply of workers willing to take domestic jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts the demand for household workers is expected to grow about as fast as the average through 2018, as more families require both parents to work outside of the home and need help running their households. Demand for companions and personal attendants is also expected to rise due to the projected rapid growth of the elderly population. However, worker supply is expected to remain low because the work is physically demanding and usually offers low pay, no fringe benefits, and limited advancement potential. In addition, some people feel that this work carries with it a low social status. The general economic conditions also affect employment of household workers. During times of recession, household workers will find fewer employment opportunities.
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