The demand for healthcare workers appears to be accelerating in most areas of the nation, a new study shows.
Labor trends in 30 markets tracked by the consulting firm Health Workforce Solutions LLC found demand growing fastest in Sacramento, Riverside/San Bernardino, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Dallas for the fourth quarter of 2009. The New York/Northern New Jersey area ranked at the bottom of the 30 markets tracked.
"After several slow quarters, we are now seeing notable movement across a number of markets as healthcare employers begin to ramp up again," said David Cherner, managing partner of San Francisco-based HWS. "With the healthcare reform picture finally becoming clearer, many forward-thinking organizations appear to be refocusing back on their hiring needs at an opportune time before the competition for key clinical and ancillary personnel undoubtedly returns."
HWS' Labor Market Pulse Index also found that: