Healthcare Job Creation, Confidence Diminish

Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media , May 6, 2013

The index, released last week, surveyed physicians, healthcare administrators, and other healthcare workers in the first quarter of 2013. The survey analyzed healthcare workers' confidence in their ability to find a job and gauged their views on the strength of the economy.

At 54.5, the index reflects that a majority still believe they could find a new job, but it represents a slight (3-point) decline from the last quarter of 2012. Although the confidence among healthcare workers is declining, the majority still believe they could find new work:

  • 25% said they likely to look for a job in the next 12 months, a 5% decrease from the last quarter of 2012.
  • 21% believe there are more jobs available, down slightly from this time last year.
  • 54% of healthcare workers are confident they can find a job in twelve months. Last quarter, the number was 58%.

Mirroring the jobs report, the workers in the economy at large have greater confidence than those in healthcare. The nation's worker confidence level has reached the highest point since the recession. In April 2008, employee outlook was at 20.9 points. This year, it is at 46.8 points.

Chelsea Rice is an associate editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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