Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Job growth on the rise in local health care industry

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 12:00 am

Today, close to 15 percent of residents in the greater Stockton area work in the health care field — a number expected to increase with adoption of the Affordable Care Act and a shift to at-home care.

Among the fastest-growing occupations in San Joaquin County is home health aides, the state Employment Development Department reports, just ahead of physical therapist assistants and physical therapist aides.

This news comes with the recent release of a Brookings Institution economic recovery survey, which found that the health care industry supports a higher share of jobs now than it did before the recession struck, and that it is playing an increasingly prominent role in regional economies.

As Lodi’s second-largest employer, Lodi Health, which is part of the Stockton metropolitan area, has steadily added positions over the last few years.

In 2009, for example, there were 1,314 jobs; last year’s financial report showed 1,331.

The hospital was just one of more than 160 health care and social assistance establishments in Lodi that provided 2,706 jobs before the recession, making health care the third highest-ranking employment sector in town, behind manufacturing and retail trade.

By 2012, health care had moved to the No. 1 spot, according to U.S. Census data.

While the rest of the U.S. economy struggles to return to pre-recession employment levels, the number of employees in the health care industry grew from 11.9 million to 14.5 million, a 22.7 percent increase, between the first quarters of 2003 and 2013. Employment in other industries grew just 2.1 percent over this time period.

Nationally, one out of every 10 employees now works in the health care industry, which also accounted for 13 percent of job growth in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas over the course of the most recent employment recovery.

“Even though the health care field is in the midst of major changes, it remains a labor-intensive enterprise,” Martha Ross, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program fellow, said in a press release earlier this month. “Employment will only grow as Baby Boomers age and are more likely to use health care services. In a national economy that is still 2.5 million jobs short of its pre-recession peak, health care is a bright spot.”

The health services sector was the only private sector to experience consistent job growth throughout the recession, adding 27,500 jobs per year throughout the state, according to a similar report released by University of the Pacific Business Forecasting Center in May.

Economic forecasters at Pacific believe statewide health care employment will continue consistent gains throughout this year.

In 2010, the center predicted health care — including hospitals, physicians, dental offices and nursing homes — was the fastest-growing private industry in San Joaquin County and would soon surpass manufacturing to become No. 1.

Home health aides, veterinary technologists/technicians and diagnostic medical sonographers lead the list of health care occupations expected to grow the most over the next decade nationwide, according to new research from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International.

EMSI, CareerBuilder’s data arm, gathers and integrates economic, labor market, demographic and education data from dozens of government and private-sector sources, creating a database that includes both published data and detailed estimates throughout the United States.

In San Joaquin County, the massive new prison hospital south of Stockton is seen as a “growth driver,” according to Jeff Michael, director of Pacific’s Business Forecasting Center.

The California Health Care Facility prison hospital plans to hire 2,400 people this year, some of those likely from Lodi.

All jobs in the county are expected to expand by 2.6 percent this year.

“We are projecting the unemployment rate in (San Joaquin) will finally dip below 10 percent in 2017, after a decade in double digits,” Michael said.

San Joaquin’s unemployment peaked above 17 percent three years ago, but it expected to average 13.5 percent this year.

California’s unemployment rate is expected to be 9.4 percent.

The Modesto Bee contributed to this report.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

Total Votes: 51

Loading…

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists