The Home Health Workforce Has Shrunk by 3.1% Since the Pandemic Started

Posted Sunday, March 21, 2021

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic we can evaluate the effect on the home health industry.  Surprisingly, the home health workforce has only shrunk by 3.1%.

In February 2020, health care employment peaked at nearly 16.5 million jobs, released by nonprofit research and consulting firm Altarum. In February of this year, the health care workforce is smaller by roughly 3.5% which equates to a loss of about 15.9 million jobs.

“As much as we might hope to leave the turmoil of 2020 behind, health employment has continued to show considerable fluctuation in the first two months of 2021,” Altarum analysts noted in a March data brief.

Home health care’s workforce decreased about 3.1% over the last twelve months, according to the nonprofit group. That translates to an overall loss of about 47,000 home health professionals.

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