Healthcare employment surpassed the 16 million mark in 2018, making it the largest and fastest-growing industry in the US economy. Preliminary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics set the 12-month total at 16.2 million. Meanwhile, healthcare jobs grew at a record-setting pace in December, topping 50,000.
Powerful job growth for healthcare professionals and support staff continues despite more than two years of uncertainty over healthcare policy. This confirms that robust demand for healthcare services and workers is being driven by long-range, sustained forces that include the aging of the US population, rising retirements among Baby-Boomer healthcare workers, and overall job growth.