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Parents of young children in the United States are finding that with day care centres in short supply, or too expensive, more and more of them — mostly mothers — are having to stay at home to look after their kids.

"It was just an undercurrent previously that was exposed and compounded by the pandemic," said Kevin Schreiber, who heads an association of business leaders in York County, Pennsylvania.

Without available or affordable daycare in place, it is almost impossible to find a job, or to keep one, at a time when the country is experiencing a significant labour shortage.

The manufacturing region of York, located between Washington and New York, has lost 20 per cent of its day care centres since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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