The Challenge in Tracking Unemployment Among Health Care Workers and Why It Matters

January 8, 2021 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce, Recruitment & Volunteers, Return to the Workforce

Last modified January 11, 2021

This journal article published in JAMA from researchers at the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies explains the difficulties associated with tracking unemployment in health care workers. The authors describe how having accurate data on the health workforce is essential to direct policy and can help produce better results for health care providers and their patients.

The health care industry lost 1.5 million jobs during the height of the pandemic, between March and April 2020. More than half a million jobs continued to be lost six months later, with losses spread across the major health sectors of hospitals (22.7%), ambulatory care settings (39.6%), and long-term care facilities (37.7%).

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