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8 health care industry work stoppages began in 2022 and 6 began in January–September 2023

October 18, 2023

In the heath care and social assistance industry there were 6 major work stoppages that began at some point from January 2023 through September 2023. More than 15,000 workers were idled due to these events.

Eight of the 23 major work stoppages that began in 2022 were in the health care and social assistance industry. These 8 work stoppages involved 36,800 workers.

 Number of major work stoppages beginning each year in the health care and social assistance industry, 2000–23
Year Work stoppages

2000

9

2001

7

2002

1

2003

0

2004

5

2005

0

2006

1

2007

2

2008

3

2009

0

2010

3

2011

6

2012

8

2013

5

2014

5

2015

2

2016

4

2017

1

2018

5

2019

6

2020

2

2021

4

2022

8

2023[1]

6

[1] 2023 data are for January 2023 to September 2023.

The information sector, which includes the motion picture industry, had the most workers idled by stoppages that began during the first three quarters of 2023. These stoppages involved 171,500 workers. Educational services had the next largest number of workers idled, at 81,600.

Along with health care and social assistance, two additional industries had work stoppages that began in 2023 and idled more than 15,000 workers: manufacturing (32,700) and accommodation and food services (20,000).

Number of workers idled by major work stoppages beginning in January 2023–September 2023, selected industries
Industry Workers

Information

171,500

Educational services

81,600

Manufacturing

32,700

Accommodation and food services

20,000

Health care and social assistance

15,400

Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services

11,000

Transportation and warehousing

1,300

Finance and insurance

1,100

These data are from the Work Stoppages program. Major work stoppages include both worker-initiated strikes and employer-initiated lockouts that involve 1,000 or more workers and last at least one shift during the work week, Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. 2023 estimates remain preliminary until the annual summary release in 2024.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 8 health care industry work stoppages began in 2022 and 6 began in January–September 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/8-health-care-industry-work-stoppages-began-in-2022-and-6-began-in-january-september-2023.htm (visited April 22, 2024).

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