January 24, 2023

Senior living employment recovery continues to lag behind other healthcare providers

McKnight Senior Living

Senior living community and nursing home facility employees saw the largest drop in employment in the aftermath of the pandemic, but they also have seen the highest average wage increases, according to a new analysis. 

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Peterson Center on Healthcare and Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed how jobs and wages in the healthcare industry recovered compared with non-healthcare sectors and how this recovery is distributed across healthcare providers.

Although employment levels overall sharply rebounded in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of workers employed in senior living communities and nursing homes continues to remain significantly below pre-pandemic levels, according to Peterson-KFF. Comparatively, hospitals and physician offices have nearly returned to pre-pandemic employment levels.

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