May 10, 2021 - Health

U.S. nursing home employment is way down

Illustration of a medical reflex hammer bent into the shape of a downward turning trend line
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Health care employment in the U.S. remained sluggish last month, with a drop of about 19,500 nursing and residential care facility jobs, according to the latest labor report.

Why it matters: It's the latest sign of the lingering economic hardship the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked on health care and, in particular, on the nursing home industry.

It looks like there's a long road ahead for health care with employment in the industry still down by 542,000 jobs since February 2020. There was a net drop of about 4,100 jobs between March and April 2021.

Hospitals also reported drops in employment, posting a job loss of 5,800 jobs between March and April.

Yes, but: About 21,000 new ambulatory care jobs were added in April. That included 11,300 jobs added in physician's offices.

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