Yes, Even Health Care Is Losing Jobs to the Pandemic

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Earlier today I was surprised that there had been big job losses in the “health care and social assistance” category. You’d think those would be up. I just now got around to looking at the detailed establishment report, and it turns out the losses are concentrated in three areas:

  • Offices of physicians, dentists, and other health care practitioners
  • Home health care services
  • Child daycare services

These three account for virtually all of the 61,000 jobs lost in this sector.

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