More healthcare practitioners, technicians wanted in August

Online job ads for healthcare staff increased in August, according The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine report. Healthcare practitioners and technicians posted 26,300 new job opportunities to total 513,700 last month--the only gains among the top 10 occupation groups in the overall economy.

However, labor demand for healthcare practitioners and technicians has been down 98,800 since January.

In particular, August saw job posting gains for registered nurses, speech-language pathologists, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, family and general practitioners, and occupational therapists, notes The Conference Board. Yet, the report found that there was only one job seeker for every two job postings of healthcare technicians and/or practitioners.

The growth in job opportunities for healthcare practitioners and technicians is consistent with the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) prediction that the healthcare industry will be among the biggest drivers of job growth in the U.S. for the remainder of the decade. The BLS estimates that more than a quarter of new jobs will come from robust job creation in home health and personal care aides.

These healthcare numbers continue to be a bright spot in the sluggish labor market, as online job postings for the overall economy dropped by 163,900 in August to a total 3,990,600 jobs.

To learn more:
- here's The Conference Board press release

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