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Health Care Jobs On The Upswing

A health care worker pushes a gurney passed other workers in blue scrubs inside a hospital through a corridor.
Inside Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. | LYNNE TERRY/THE LUND REPORT
January 12, 2019

Health-care employment has been burgeoning with the nation’s aging population and greater need for services. Hospital employment nationwide is up 590,000 jobs from 2008 to 2018, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As jobs have swelled, so has the number of union-represented employees. In the category of health-care practitioners and technical workers, the number of jobs in the nation stood at 8.6 million in 2017, up from 6.8 million in 2007, the labor data agency said. The number represented by unions rose to 1.2 million from 1 million in that period. The job growth rate exceeded the unionization rate, so the percentage represented by a union declined to 14 percent, from 15 percent.