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Center for Health Workforce Studies Issues 2023 Health Care Workforce Report

The Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, recently issued its 2023 annual report, The Health Care Workforce in New York State: Trends in the Supply of and Demand for Health Care Workers.

A key goal of this report is to assist policymakers and other stakeholders to make informed decisions on health workforce education and job training investments, address the most pressing health care workforce needs, and guide health workforce policies.

Key findings include the following:

  • The increase in employment in the health care sector in NYS continues to outpace employment in other job sectors.
  • Jobs in health care in NYS have rebounded since the COVID-19 pandemic impact, though not back to the pre-pandemic levels.
  • Health care jobs in Upstate NY regions have declined over the past five years, while health care jobs on Long Island and in NYC have increased during the same time period.
  • Registered nurses (RNs) are among the most difficult to recruit and retain in all health care settings throughout NYS.
  • Social worker graduations have increased substantially over the past five years. RN graduations have also increased over the past five years.
  • The majority of deans and directors of RN educational programs indicated that acceptances to their programs were about the same between 2021 and 2022. They are also reporting many jobs for newly trained RNs, especially in hospitals and nursing homes.
  • Home health and personal care aides are among the fastest-growing health occupations in NYS, with over 90,000 projected average annual openings.
  • There are more than 14,000 projected average annual openings for RNs and nearly 5,000 projected average annual openings for licensed practical nurses.

Contact: Meg Everett, meverett@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8871