Healthcare hiring growth steadily slowing

A combination of factors, including government spending cuts, streamlining required by the Affordable Care Act and a sluggish economy led to a slowdown in healthcare hiring this year, the Miami Herald reported. Healthcare hiring grew by 1.4 percent, down from 1.6 percent in 2013 and 1.8 percent in both 2012 and 2011. Almost 10 years ago, the hiring growth rate was more than 2 percent, peaking at 2.7 percent in 2008. "Throughout the recession and recovery, non-healthcare jobs were slowly climbing back but healthcare was pretty steady," said Ani Turner, the deputy director of the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending, a nonpartisan research center that studies healthcare costs. However, as baby boomers age and more people gain health coverage, industry experts expect employment growth in healthcare to increase drastically. Article