Direct-Care Jobs & Long-Term Care: Untapped Engine for Job Creation & Economic Growth

Source: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, Issue Brief, November 2008

PHI has released an issue brief called Direct-Care Jobs & Long-Term Care: Untapped Engine for Job Creation & Economic Growth that outlines how direct-care jobs are uniquely positioned to help repair and stabilize America’s economy.

The issue brief provides compelling facts and figures about the impact of the direct-care workforce that our nation’s leaders must take into consideration as they develop and implement strategies for economic recovery.

Key facts from the issue brief:

* In 2006, only two other industries employed more people than long-term care: elementary and secondary schools and general and medical surgical hospitals.
* Personal and home care aides and home health aides are the second and third fastest-growing occupations in the nation’s economy.
* Direct-care jobs are a $56 billion economic engine fueled by the personal income of 3 million workers who spend their money largely in their local communities.
* Investment in these jobs would benefit our economy in multiple ways: providing more income and greater economic opportunity to low-income workers while also strengthening health services for our aging and disabled populations.
See also:
* press release
* podcast

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