Despite Bleak U.S. Jobs Numbers, Senior Caregiver Demand Grows

Despite disappointing jobs numbers announced last week by the U.S. Labor Department, employment for caregivers including in-home senior care workers continues to rise. 

Some cities where older Americans prefer to age in place are reporting a shortage of caregivers to help them do so, according to Caregiver List, a senior care career website for the senior care industry. 

“Senior caregivers continue to be in high demand, including Certified Nursing Assistants and Companion Caregivers,” said Julie Northcutt, CEO of Caregiverlist.com. “Senior caregiving involves many different job titles, including Certified Nursing Aides who are always in demand at senior living facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living communities, hospices and senior home care agencies. Part-time positions are always available, in addition to full-time positions as these companies must staff Certified Nursing Aides for day, evening and night shifts.

With the U.S. unemployment rate at 8.2% according to the report last week, caregiver jobs will continue to be in high demand, the company says, noting specific cities that are reporting a need to fill job openings including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Denver and Seattle, among others. 

Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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