Health Care and Social Assistance: NAICS 62

About the Health Care and Social Assistance sector

The health care and social assistance sector is part of the education and health services supersector.

The Health Care and Social Assistance sector comprises establishments providing health care and social assistance for individuals. The sector includes both health care and social assistance because it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the boundaries of these two activities. The industries in this sector are arranged on a continuum starting with those establishments providing medical care exclusively, continuing with those providing health care and social assistance, and finally finishing with those providing only social assistance. The services provided by establishments in this sector are delivered by trained professionals. All industries in the sector share this commonality of process, namely, labor inputs of health practitioners or social workers with the requisite expertise. Many of the industries in the sector are defined based on the educational degree held by the practitioners included in the industry.

North American Industry Classification System

The health care and social assistance sector consists of these subsectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in health care and social assistance. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, job openings and labor turnover, union membership and representation, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment, Unemployment, and Openings, Hires, and Separations

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Aug.
2016
Sep.
2016
Oct.
2016
Nov.
2016

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

19,226.8 19,249.3 (p)19,286.7 (p)19,321.4

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

16,919.3 16,927.7 (p)17,023.8  

Unemployment

Unemployment rate

3.3% 3.5% 3.2% 3.1%

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

963 (p)950    

Hires

642 (p)539    

Separations

593 (p)496    

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey)

Union Membership and Representation

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2012 2013 2014 2015

Union membership and representation

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

7.0% 7.2% 7.3% 7.3%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

8.0% 8.1% 8.4% 8.3%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Home health aides

783,640

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

600,850

Medical and health services managers

253,220

Note: These employment estimates include employment in both the private-sector and government.

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for health care and social assistance.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in health care and social assistance. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Jul.
2016
Aug.
2016
Sep.
2016
Oct.
2016

Average hourly earnings

$25.96 $25.93 $26.15 (p)$26.31

Average weekly hours

33.0 33.0 33.0 (p)33.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Jul.
2016
Aug.
2016
Sep.
2016
Oct.
2016

Average hourly earnings

$22.87 $22.85 $22.96 (p)$23.08

Average weekly hours

32.3 32.3 32.4 (p)32.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2012 2013 2014 2015

Union membership and representation

Full-time workers

$720 $741 $750 $754

Members of unions

$835 $823 $893 $916

Represented by unions

$824 $837 $886 $904

Nonunion

$711 $732 $740 $742

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Home health aides

$10.51 $10.94 $21,850 $22,750

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

$20.71 $21.17 $43,090 $44,040

Medical and health services managers

$44.57 $50.16 $92,710 $104,330

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

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4th quarter
2015
1st quarter
2016
2nd quarter
2016
3rd quarter
2016

12-month percent change

Total compensation

1.7% 1.7% 1.8% 1.9%

Wages and salaries

1.7% 1.8% 1.9% 2.2%

12-month percent change: State and local government

Total compensation

2.4% 2.3% 2.3% 2.4%

Wages and salaries

2.2% 2.0% 2.1% 2.0%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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2nd quarter 2016
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

32.85 100.0

Wages and salaries

22.97 69.9

Total benefits

9.88 30.1

Insurance

2.86 8.7

Retirement

1.30 4.0

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in health care and social assistance. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

138 122 123 121

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2015

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

4.3

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.0

Cases involving days away from work

1.1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.9

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Jul.
2016
Aug.
2016
Sep.
2016
Oct.
2016

Producer price index

(p)119.7 (p)120.0 (p)120.1 (p)120.6

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.1% (p)0.3% (p)0.1% (p)0.4%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in health care and social assistance.

Establishments

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2nd quarter
2015
3rd quarter
2015
4th quarter
2015
1st quarter
2016

Number of establishments

Private industry

1,407,131 1,424,559 1,442,975 (p)1,460,916

Local government

6,946 6,938 6,935 (p)6,994

State government

6,734 6,749 6,819 (p)6,864

Federal government

1,198 1,192 1,195 (p)1,212

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: December 06, 2016