The nursing home industry has finally started to see employment gains after losing more than 200,000 workers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new federal statistics.
Preliminary Data published Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the healthcare sector added 28,300 jobs during the month of May – with nursing facilities and hospitals recording some of the largest gains in the sector.
Nursing homes and residential care facilities created approximately 5,600 jobs in total. Community care facilities for the elderly added about 3,000 jobs for the month, while nursing care facilities gained about 1,300 jobs for the month. Hospitals added 16,300 jobs for the month of May.
Data from long-term care providers showed nursing homes have lost about 240,000 jobs since February 2020, the BLS said. Suppliers said resolving the historic and longstanding labor crisis should be a top concern for federal lawmakers.
“The reality is that we’re looking for workers that currently don’t exist and the pipeline is shrinking every day,” a LeadingAge spokeswoman said. McKnight Long Term Care News Friday.
“Resolving staffing issues in long-term care must be the No. 1 priority – and all possible resources must be explored to turn around a dire situation,” she added.