Pandemic continues to affect healthcare jobs, tracker finds

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact healthcare jobs, even as healthcare employment at many facilities has returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to a Peterson and Kaiser Family Foundation health system tracker released Friday.

Healthcare job growth rates have not yet returned to levels that had been expected before the COVID-19 pandemic, when healthcare employment had been steadily growing, according to the tracker, which compiled data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For example, employment in home health services had recovered completely in December 2022 after job losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. In December, 1.6 million Americans were employed in home health services. However, job gains in the sector only grew at an average rate of 0.3% per month. If growth had continued steadily from 2020, without pandemic job effects, home health services would have employed 1.7 million Americans.

At the beginning of the pandemic, healthcare jobs fell sharply but

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