Health Care – Lots of Jobs and More to Come

Source: Debra Miller, Capitol Ideas, Vol. 58 no. 2, March/April 2015

While state policymakers often wring their hands over health care spending and how it may squeeze out other policy priorities, the flipside of that spending is jobs—lots of them and more to come in the future. In 2012, the 17 million health care and social assistance jobs made up 14.6 percent of all services producing jobs in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only business and professional services and state and local government were bigger segments of the services producing sector—at 15.4 percent and 16.5 percent respectively. The bureau projects health care and social assistance jobs will grow to nearly 22 million by 2022 and become the biggest job sector in 2022. The rate of job growth in the health care sector has been nothing short of phenomenal….

job growth in the healthcare sector