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2011 Healthcare Employment Outlook

John Rossheim | Monster Senior Contributing Writer

2011 Healthcare Employment Outlook

The Economy is Still a Drag on Healthcare Job Growth

Joblessness — especially long-term unemployment — is near its recent high, so consumers’ lack of insurance and general belt-tightening are holding down healthcare utilization.

“The economy is reducing the demand for nursing jobs,” says Brenda Morris, RN, senior director of baccalaureate programs at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation. “Patients are delaying elective procedures, and nurses are postponing retirement.”

In a fiscal environment where many providers — especially hospitals — are in precarious condition, slack demand quickly trickles down to healthcare employment. As the Altarum report notes, “the rate of growth in healthcare employment fell considerably during the most recent recession, though it remained comfortably positive.”

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