Employment trends in hospitals
July 05, 2006
Employment in hospitals is subject to influences that are not related to the business cycle and responds to the business cycle in an unusual way.
The trends of employment in hospitals therefore often contrast with those of total employment, especially during cyclical downturns. Apart from the effect of the business cycle, demographic and technological changes influence hospital job growth in both upward and downward directions.
Although employment in the hospital industry has increased almost constantly since 1990, changes in its rate of increase are opposite to those of gross domestic product (GDP) and of total payroll employment. Furthermore, when unemployment rises, so does the rate of job growth in hospitals. While the trend of employment in all hospitals is consistently upward, the rate of growth may be described as countercyclical: when general business conditions are weak, hospital employment exhibits greater growth.
These data on employment are from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. For more information, see "Employment in hospitals: unconventional patterns over time," by William C. Goodman, Monthly Labor Review Online.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment trends in hospitals on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/jul/wk1/art02.htm (visited January 17, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
Spending on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Self-employment in the United States
Trends in self-employment by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, including both the unincorporated and the incorporated self-employed, as well as data on paid employees who work for the self-employed.