Mississippi Below Average in Number Of Health Care Workers

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — As hospitals face shortages of equipment, personnel, and beds to fight the coronavirus outbreak some parts of the country are better staffed with healthcare workers than others. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a cumulative 106 percent increase in healthcare workers from 1990 to 2020, compared to a 40 percent increase for all workers over the same time period. Even without taking the recent outbreak into account, employment in healthcare occupations should continue to grow faster than the average for all occupations due to increased demand from an aging population. Nationwide there are 3.9 healthcare workers for every 100 residents but there is a shortage of healthcare workers in the South and West, regions where older adults who require healthcare services choose to retire. A study by Self Financial shows Mississippi has 110,890 total healthcare workers, 3.71 for every 100 residents which is below the national average.


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