New Home Health Jobs Make up 10% of U.S. Employment Growth

Home health presents a “bright spot” in today’s disappointing job market, with home health care jobs seeing an increase of 6,900 jobs during May, comprising 10% of the total U.S. jobs growth of 69,000. 

That home health care number, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare noted Tuesday, is the largest non-physician office job growth in the healthcare sector as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

“Although the overall job report for May was ultimately disappointing, it is reassuring to know that the home health community continues to be a driver for employment,” said Eric Berger on behalf of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. “Home healthcare has long been appreciated as clinically advanced, cost effective, and patient preferred, and it is now being recognized as a meaningful source of jobs.”

The home health care jobs creation is significant, according to the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, in its ability to serve as an engine for jobs growth, and also as a means to serve a growing population of people who wish to remain in their homes later in life. 

“Research shows the nearly 90% of Americans prefer to age in place—home health care enables them to do so while providing quality jobs for younger generations,” Berger said.

Written by Elizabeth Ecker