Friday, October 14, 2011

Health Care Bright Spot in 2011 Jobs Picture

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), health care created 258,000 jobs through September. This is nearly as many as the 263,400 health care jobs created in all of 2010.

While this has had negligible impact on the nation's unemployment rate (steady at 9.1%), it makes you wonder if this will result in improved efficiency within the health care arena, or if it is simply a response to the coming health care reform changes? I suspect the latter which, if true, will yield little mitigation of the ever increasing cost of health care as this hiring is likely to be in response to administrative requirements of reform and not to improve delivery and quality of care.

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