Supply-Demand Gap Worsening for Home Health Workforce

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 3:45 PM

It’s no secret that there is a shortage of in-home caregivers in the home health industry, but a new report details just how deep the issue goes.

The U.S. labor market is as tight as ever since the Great Recession, according to a report prepared for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation by Burning Glass Technologies. 

“Across the all occupations studied, there were 5% more job openings than workers in 2016, but health care positions stood out with the highest demand. Personal care aide supply appeared to be meeting the workforce demand, however, with a 1:1 ratio of demand to supply, according to the report. However, there was a surplus of job openings in the health care support category, which includes home health aides.”

Home-based employers cite that the lack of qualified workers is a large problem. So, not only are there not enough workers, it hard to find ones with the proper skills. In the next 10 years, personal care aides have a projected growth rate of 24%, coupled with the fact that these jobs aren’t considered attractive, makes the gap larger.

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