January breaks healthcare’s eight-month employment recovery streak


Employment shrunk in a few areas of the ambulatory sector in January. Home health—which had been faring well in recent months—shed an estimated 13,100 jobs in January. That’s after adding 200 jobs in December. Outpatient care centers lost 2,900 jobs in January.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, nursing and residential care facilities fared the worst, shedding a grand total of 31,000 jobs. Within that, nursing homes led the losses, losing 19,400 jobs in January. That’s after dropping another 5,400 jobs in December. Nursing homes continue to need workers to handle the challenges of COVID-19, but low wages, limited benefits and tough working conditions—not to mention the threat of catching the coronavirus—make the jobs hard to fill.

Community care facilities for the elderly lost 6,700 jobs in January, on top of 5,800 lost in December. Residential mental health facilities lost 3,000 jobs in January.


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