Healthcare Industry Lost 1.4 Million Jobs in April

May 11, 2020 by Mandy Qualls

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 12, 2020

U.S. unemployment rate spikes to 14.7% in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression.

On May 7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate rose to 14.7%, which is the highest rate and the largest over-the-month increase in the history of the BLS reporting the Employment Situation Summary. The number of unemployed persons rose from 7.2 million to 23.1 million in April.

In the health care sector, the 1.4 million jobs lost were led by losses in offices of dentists (-503,000), offices of physicians (-243,000), and offices of other health care practitioners (-205,000).

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