HWDC Launches Twitter Account

HWDC is pleased to announce the launch of our new Twitter account. Our first tweets will post at 9:30 tomorrow morning using the handle @DHP_HWDC.  Be sure to tune in, connect, and join Virginia’s healthcare workforce conversation.

We hope our foray into Twitter will introduce more people to HWDC’s products so we can better inform discussions about health policy and health access in the Commonwealth and the nation. This post serves as an introduction to our products.  Or, for our current followers on Tumblr, a reintroduction.

HWDC Data Products

Profession Reports

The HWDC Profession Reports are the mainstay of the HWDC’s data products.  They provide a statewide look at the healthcare workforce on a profession-by-profession basis.  Profession reports are published following the end of the data collection period.  Profession reports include HWDC CareForce Indicators as well as more detailed information pertaining to the professions.

Virginia CareForce Snapshot

The Virginia CareForce Snapshot is a compilation of the CareForce indicators for all professions, statewide, in a given HWDC survey year.  The Careforce Snapshot, updated annually each spring, provides an interactive guide to compare CareForce Indicators across professions.  

Regional CareForce Snapshot

Produced in collaboration with the Virginia Healthcare Workforce Development Authority, (VHWDA) our Regional CareForce Products provide an interactive guide to the CareForce in each of Virginia’s eight AHEC regions.   Regional Reports are updated each spring.  

Virginia Health Workforce Briefs

The HWDC’s Virginia Healthcare Workforce Briefs provide timely indicators of the strength of Virginia’s healthcare labor market in an accessible format.  Information in these briefs is based on data provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The briefs consist of three series:
Series 1:  State & National Employment (Monthly)
Series 2:  Virginia Regional & Sectoral Employment (Monthly)
Series 3:  Income & Compensation (Quarterly)

Occasional Papers

With a special focus on helping policy-makers make informed decisions, our Occasional Papers provide timely, relevant and in-depth background information on current issues affecting the Commonwealth and the health workforce.  Papers are posted out our homepage and are produced, well, occasionally.

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HWDC - MBB Evo

A new set of photos of my Mega Beatle Busters after 77 wears. Apologies for the fairly rubbish iPhone photos, that was the only camera I had with me at the time. I took these as I went for my first sea swim of the year. The sea (the North Sea) was pretty much flat calm and not a bad temperature, although there was quite a strong drifting current (not enough to worry about).

Watch on vahwdc.tumblr.com

The Virginia Department of Health Professions’ participation in VCU’s Wilder Graduate Scholars’ Fellowship program is featured a new promotional video from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

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Annual Change in HC&SA Subsector Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted, change from Dec. to Dec.)

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HWDC Releases August Health Workforce Brief Series 2: Regional and Sectoral Employment

The Department of Health Professions’ Healthcare Workforce Data Center has released the August issue of its Virginia Health Care Workforce Brief Series 2: Regional and Sectoral Employment. Data in this Brief is not seasonally adjusted.

In July, Northern Virginia was the only region of the state that added Health Care and Social Assistance (HC&SA) jobs to its economy. In total, the region added 400 HC&SA jobs, but these gains were erased by the loss of 500 HC&SA jobs in the Rest of Virginia and the loss of 200 HC&SA jobs in Richmond. For Richmond, July was the first month of 2014 in which the region lost HC&SA jobs. Even with this loss, however, Richmond has still created 3,500 HC&SA jobs so far this year. No other region in the state has made a positive contribution to HC&SA employment in 2014, although Hampton Roads is close to doing so given that the region has seen no net change in year-to-date HC&SA employment.

Regional HC&SA employment highlights are included in the table below (in thousands of employees):

Although the overall HC&SA sector lost jobs in July, the Ambulatory Health Care Services subsector experienced another strong month of employment gains with the addition of 1,800 jobs. This impressive job growth nearly duplicated the addition of 1,900 jobs in June, its best monthly performance in more than a decade. However, during the same time period, the Social Assistance subsector has experienced a marked decrease in employment. After losing 1,000 jobs in June, the Social Assistance subsector lost an addition 1,500 jobs in June. These two months have completely wiped out the gain of 2,200 jobs that the Social Assistance subsector had created for Virginia’s economy during the first five months of the year. Meanwhile, the Hospitals subsector lost 400 jobs in July, and the Nursing & Residential Care Facilities subsector saw employment decline by 200.

Additional employment highlights by HC&SA subsector are included in the table below (in thousands of employees):

To access the full brief, click the image above. To see all Virginia Health Care Workforce Briefs and to access archival briefs, visit our website.

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Monthly Change in Employment in Virginia’s Health Care & Social Assistance Sector, Seasonally Adjusted

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HWDC Releases August Health Workforce Brief Series 1: State and National Employment

The Department of Health Professions’ Healthcare Workforce Data Center has released the August issue of its Virginia Health Care Workforce Brief Series 1: State and National Employment

For the second consecutive month, Virginia’s Health Care & Social Assistance (HC&SA) sector lost 100 jobs. Regardless, despite the fact that Virginia’s HC&SA sector has lost jobs in four of the past five months, employment has still increase by 3,300 so far in 2014, which is comparable to the year-to-date employment gains seen in 2013.

Although Virginia’s HC&SA sector failed to create jobs in July, the state’s total nonfarm payroll increased by 13,300, its largest monthly increase in nearly two years. With this gain, Virginia’s economy has produced 19,800 jobs so far this year, which represents its best year-to-date performance since 2011.

The national economy had another strong month in July, adding 209,000 jobs during the month. This represents the sixth-consecutive month in which the national economy has added at least 200,000 jobs. The national HC&SA sector was responsible for 25,400 of these jobs. Year-to-date, the national HC&SA sector has added 212,600 jobs, an increase of 15% relative to the same point in 2013.

Other employment highlights are included in the following table (in thousands of employees):

To access the full brief, click the image above. To see all Virginia Health Care Workforce Briefs and to access archival briefs, visit our website.

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