ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on Friday night ran a piece on the new jobs report and some of the hot jobs for 2013. EMSI helped supply ABC with labor market data, a bit of which was featured in the two-minute, 45-second segment.
ABC’s report touched on EMSI’s top jobs for 2013, and it mentioned the substantial growth of home health services. From 2010-2012, our data indicates that home health aides have grown by 9% — an addition of about 85,000 new jobs. For comparison’s sake, registered nurses have grown by less than half that since 2010 (4%, or 98,000 new jobs).
The growth among low-skill occupations has been a prominent post-recession trend. Home health aides fit the bill of an occupation with a low barrier to entry with limited earning potential. Median hourly earnings are only $9.96 nationally, and the occupation requires on average short-term on-the-job training. (Also noteworthy: Only 15% of the workers in the home health aide field have a college degree.)
Here’s more from EMSI’s web-based tool, Analyst:
Nearly 40% of all home health aides work in the home health care services industry, but what’s notable is the significant increase of home health aides in temporary help services. The temp sector has been booming in the last two years, and home health aides have seen a 25% uptick in jobs (from 22,522 to 28,044) during that time in the industry.
Among the industries that have seen the greatest gains in staffing home health aides, temp help services easily tops the list on a percentage basis:
|Industry||Home Health Aide Jobs in Industry (2010)||Home Health Aide Jobs in Industry (2012)||Change||Change (%)||% of Home Health Aides in Industry (2012)||% of Total Jobs in Industry (2012)|
|Source: QCEW Employees, Non-QCEW Employees & Self-Employed - EMSI 2012.4 Class of Worker|
|Temporary Help Services||22,522||28,044||5,522||25%||3%||1%|
|Home Health Care Services||361,435||404,350||42,915||12%||39%||32%|
|Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities||125,144||139,286||14,142||11%||13%||17%|
|Continuing Care Retirement Communities||67,113||73,254||6,141||9%||7%||17%|
|Homes for the Elderly||58,961||63,480||4,519||8%||6%||17%|
|Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities||17,977||19,258||1,281||7%||2%||10%|
|Residential Mental Retardation Facilities||144,349||150,796||6,447||5%||15%||39%|
|Nursing Care Facilities||39,162||39,978||816||2%||4%||2%|
Similar growth in the temp sector has occurred in another low-skill healthcare occupation, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants (SOC 31-1012).