Employment in nursing and residential care facilities increased by 8,000 jobs in June, according to a information released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data represent statistics from two monthly surveys.
“This is the fifth consecutive monthly gain, a positive sign for the industry. However, jobs remain 11.3% below their July 2019 peak,” said Beth Burnham Mace, chief economist at the National Investment Center for Housing and Aged Care. The McKnight Business Daily. About 45% of jobs in this category are jobs in nursing care facilities, she added.
Nursing facility jobs have risen consecutively over the past three months, Mace said, but the loss of those positions from their record high in September 2011 is 19%.
“Although the June data is positive, many jobs still need to be regenerated in the industry,” she said. “In the meantime, staff shortages may be a limiting factor for some operators seeking to serve new patients and residents.”
Overall, employment in the health sector increased by 57,000 jobs in June, nearly double the amount added in May. In addition to including nursing and residential care facilities, health care created an additional 28,000 jobs in outpatient health care and 21,000 jobs in hospitals. Still, employment in the healthcare sector as a whole is below its February 2020 level of 176,000, or 1.1%.
According to a market trends blog published late last month by NIC, assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities and skilled nursing facilities are experiencing a slower workforce recovery than other health sectors.
The overall unemployment rate remained stable at 3.6% for the fourth consecutive month. The number of unemployed remained essentially unchanged at 5.9 million in June. Current statistics show little change from pre-pandemic values in February 2020, which were 3.5% and 5.7 million people respectively.