How many jobs were there in hospitals over the coarse of the past 10 years? A prudent question to ask to see, among other things, whether funding for hospitals has declined, whether the recession has had an impact on the health sector, and how many are employed in the hospital sector.
I pulled up some stats for the nation's largest state, California, and got numbers in excess of 300,000. Since 2000 the number employed in Californian hospitals (not just nurses and doctors) rose 25% from around 315,000 in 2000 to 379,000 last month in 2011.
The sector did experience a loss of jobs in the 2010 period as did pretty much every other industry in the state. Population took a downward spiral during that time as well (all stemming from the 2008 crash.)
Check out this graph from 2000 to 2011 showing number of employed persons in the hospital sector.
So this data is another example of how essential services remain mostly recession proof. Or put another way, there are job opportunities in Californian hospitals. Next post I'll show the relation to employment in Californian hospitals and population.
Data compiled by San Diego Bankruptcy Lawyers derived from RAND.