Report: Healthcare leads in job openings

Healthcare currently leads all other industries in the number of job openings, and healthcare providers represented one-third of the top-posting companies in September according to a new report from Simply Hired.

Healthcare companies were among the top five employers in 12 different major metropolitan areas, according to the article. Several areas had multiple healthcare providers make their top five. Among the findings in the Simply Hired report:

  • WellStar Health System and Piedmont Healthcare were third and fifth, respectively, in Atlanta;

  • Genesis Healthcare was fifth in Boston;

  • Advocate Health Care Network was second in Chicago;

  • Texas Health Resources and Baylor Health Care System were first and second, respectively, in Dallas/Fort Worth;

  • Centura Health, HealthOne, HCA and Eastside Medical Center were first, second, fourth and fifth in Denver, with McDonald's the only non-healthcare employer in the top five;

  • Kaiser Permanente was second in Los Angeles;

  • Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health were first and third in the San Francisco Bay Area; and

  • Providence Health & Services was fifth in Seattle/Tacoma.

The report also found Kaiser Permanente is seeking to fill 2,850 positions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hospital hiring, however, may be slowing down nationwide. Hospitals added 300 jobs in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Its August jobs report showed a gain of 900 jobs in the hospital sector.

While jobs in the healthcare sector have been on the rise during the past two decades, the industry also has been a leader in workforce reduction, and monthly job gains in 2013 have fallen far below those of 2012 and 2011, FierceHealthcare previously reported.

Some in the industry are concerned healthcare hiring may have hit a "recession" due to a combination of Medicare payment cuts and deep budget cuts resulting from the federal budget sequester, FierceHealthFinance previously reported.

To learn more:
- check out the SimplyHired report (.pdf)
- here's the BLS report