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SPM unit's child care expenses - not capped


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SPMCHXPNS records the total child care expenditures reported by members of the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) family unit.

The capped value of child care and work expenditures are used in the construction of the SPM and is available in the SPMCAPXPNS.

For more information on the child care expenditure measures, see the Census Bureau's " Child Care Costs in the Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement" report.

SPMCHXPNS is expressed in current dollars; users can adjust for inflation using Consumer Price Index adjustment factors.


Aside from the effects of inflation, SPMCHXPNS is comparable across years from 2010 to 2018.

In 2019, the Census Bureau implemented a new processing system to accommodate survey changes. These changes affect income and relationship variables, making poverty measurements before and after 2019 incomparable. For more information on this overhaul, see our guide to the 2019 ASEC updates.


  • All persons.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2010 – 2023 - - X - - - - - - - - -


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