Data Suggests Significant Job Growth in the Health Care Industry Thanks to PPACA

According to recent information released by Brookings, the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (P.L. 111-48) has led to significant job growth in the health care sector. Employing 14.5 million Americans and accounting for 10.3 percent of the jobs in the United States, the industry has seen 2.6 million jobs added in the last ten years. Compared to the 2.1 percent rate of employment growth for other industries, this 22.7 percent increase is significant.

In the nation’s top metropolitan areas, the health care industry accounts for more than one in every ten jobs, while health care-intensive areas are found in the Northeast and Midwest, along with some parts of Florida. The Florida statistics are explained by the expansive senior population. According to Brookings, health care in these metro areas represents a higher share of jobs than before the recession. In 11 particular metro areas, health care accounted for more than 25 percent of job growth.

The report also noted that health care practitioners have the highest earnings among health care workers while health care technologists have the most variation in the earning power. Support workers earn 37 percent less on average than all workers in metro areas, while practitioners earn nearly double the average metropolitan worker.