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Job Growth in California’s Health Care Sector Slowing to a Crawl Amid Ongoing Recession

Although health care previously was a robust sector of California’s economy, the state now is experiencing a slowdown in the growth of health care jobs.

Many residents who lost their jobs and their employer-based health coverage during the recession have opted to delay or forgo certain medical services. The decline in demand for health services has contributed to a lower demand for health workers.

In a California Healthline Special Report by Kelly Wilkinson, experts discussed the challenges facing new graduates of nursing schools and medical schools.

The Special Report includes comments from:

Deloras Jones, executive director of the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare; Dylan Roby, assistant professor of health services at the UCLA School of Public Health; and Neeraj Sood, associate professor and director of international programs at the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics (Wilkinson, California Healthline, 1/14).

The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.