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he residential care aide workforce — personal care aides, home health aides and nursing assistants who work in assisted living communities, continuing care retirement / life plan communities and other congregate care settings — added 94,730 jobs over the past 10 years, increasing from 552,770 workers in 2011 to almost 650,000 in 2021, according to PHI National’s annual snapshot of the direct care workforce, released this week.
The number of residential care aides dropped “significantly” during the pandemic, however — by close to 30,000 jobs. And that drop, according to the organization, raises questions about whether the previously steady growth trend in this workforce will continue.
That being said, the residential care aide workforce is projected to add 145,500 new jobs by 2030, PHI said. This workforce will have more than one million total job openings by 2030, including the new jobs created by growth in demand, along with 416,000 openings caused by workers moving into other fields and 470,500 openings due to workers leaving the labor force. In fact, PHI anticipates that 56% of all job openings across residential care settings in this timeframe will be for residential care aides.