…As EMSI and CareerBuilder’s recent analysis makes clear, no segment of the economy has withstood downturns and uncertainty better than hospitals, offices of physicians, home health care providers and the other industries that make up the health care sector…. From 2001 to 2002, when a recession slowed hiring in most sectors, health care (including government-run hospitals) added 530,000 jobs, a 4 percent increase. And since 2007, employment in health care has ballooned 10.7 percent (an addition of 1.85 million jobs) while all other industries in the U.S. have declined 2.8 percent (a loss of 3.85 million jobs)….
…The three states with the highest share of health care jobs – Rhode Island (16.5 percent), West Virginia (16.0) and Maine (15.6) – each have larger-than-average concentrations of residents 60 years or older, which increases the need for health care services.
While Northeast states tend to have older populations, and thus higher shares of health care workers, this trend can be found across the United States. After Rhode Island, West Virginia and Maine, health care jobs are most prominent in Pennsylvania (15.7 percent), New York (15.6) and Massachusetts (15.3)….