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