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Healthcare jobs

Posted by: Michael Mandel on March 07

Today’s job report shows that healthcare continues to generate jobs, Now that we’ve presumably headed into a recession, we can calculate peak-to-peak job growth.

According to my calculations, health care services accounted for almost 50% of all private sector jobs generated in this business cycle. In the previous three business cycles, healthcare’s share was 14-16%.


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Thomas A. Coss

March 7, 2008 05:31 PM

Ever since your piece on health care job growth (The Health Care Economy, fall of 2006) you've seen more and more validation. With general manufacturing labor heading below 10% of the national labor economy, Agriculture at about 2% where do you see this heading? Can health care become America's principle labor sector replacint manufacturing or will we see a future more diverse than that?

Unless I'm missing something, this strikes me as a compelling story.


Mike Mandel

March 10, 2008 11:56 AM

I've got to come back to this. Health care jobs, to a large degree, are funded by the government and by large companies, which is why they have continued to grow.

Thomas A. Coss

March 12, 2008 12:42 AM

My curiosity is peeked. As I look at the data, the largest health care sum-sector growth was in Ambulatory Care, about 31.6% since 1998, as compared to 16% for Hospitals and 18.7% for Nursing and Residential Care for the same period.

The incredible growth in outpatient diagnostic and surgical centers which s last year exceeded the number of hospital. This strikes me as a movement away from Government, well at least away from regulation and dubious accreditation burden.

I'm eager for your perspective.

Thank you for your interest. This blog is no longer active.



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