Healthcare jobs take nose dive in ad listings

Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations saw the greatest dive in advertised job listings in July, according to a report released yesterday by business research firm The Conference Board.

At 487,500 total ads in July, the healthcare industry was down by 61,200 listings from the previous month. There are currently 262,200 persons unemployed in the sector. The occupations that were the hardest hit were registered nurses, physician therapists, and occupational therapists, according to the report.

The report adds to other data that perhaps provide a different perspective.

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the healthcare industry will experience some of the fastest job growth through 2018. Home health aides and personal and home care aides will lead with 460,900 new jobs and 375,800 new jobs, respectively.

Although overall healthcare employment is up, hospital employment is down, according to the statistics. During the past 12 months, there have been an added 24,000 jobs per month on average. However, hospital employment was 4,738,000 in June, down from 4,742,000 in May.

For more information:
- read the Conference Board press release (.pdf)

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