Who Will Care for Our Seniors?

New American Economy
Date of Publication: 
September, 2016
Source Organization: 
New American Economy

Between 2000 and 2030, America’s elderly population is expected to more than double from 35 million to 71.5 million. This demographic shift will put enormous pressure on the U.S. healthcare system, which is already strapped for workers. A new report by New American Economy (NAE), Who Will Care for Our Seniors?, examines the gap between healthcare job listings and unemployed healthcare workers.

Using data from the American Community Survey and Burning Glass Technologies, the report finds that, in 2013, there were 4.4 healthcare jobs advertised online for every unemployed healthcare worker. Experts assert that immigrants may be well-suited to filling these vacancies because they already make up a large share of workers in the healthcare industry, indicating a strong interest in the field.

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New American Economy. (2016). Who Will Care for Our Seniors? Retrieved from http://research.newamericaneconomy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/NAE_Seniors_V4.pdf