Among other necessities, affording childcare has become a struggle for Michiganders, a problem that radiates to other parts of life.
Childcare in Michigan can cost more annually than college, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington D.C., that examines the economic needs of working people. The average annual cost of care for a four-year-old is almost $9,000 and it’s $11,000 for care for an infant.
This hits minimum-wage workers particularly hard. Infant care costs on average 55.3% of earnings for this group. A full-time, minimum-wage worker in Michigan makes $19,656 a year. And after paying for infant care, they would have less than $9,000 to cover living expenses for the entire year — less than $1,000 per month.