STAT: Greater New Orleans Leads Healthcare Job Growth In U.S.


NEW ORLEANS – A recent study conducted by website STAT, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, has determined that Greater New Orleans ranks first for adding the most hospital employees in the country over the past decade.

STAT reports “Part of the bump in New Orleans could be explained by the fact that the city’s population was still rebounding in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina. But still, in July 2007, 14,400 people worked in hospitals in the metro area, compared to 25,700 in July 2017.”

STAT reports its an increase of 78 percent.

Ochsner Health System has the most employees, with more than 16,000.

STAT reports, “Hospitals across the country have fueled job creation and helped slash unemployment rates significantly in the past decade.”

Research by GNO, Inc. determined healthcare will be the top sector for job growth in the New Orleans region through 2026, with a 19 percent projected growth.

STAT’s top 10 regions for healthcare growth (2007-2017) are:

1. New Orleans, Louisiana (78 percent)

2. Boise, Idaho (72 percent)

3. Austin, Texas (51 percent)

4. Columbus, Ohio (51 percent)

5. Bakersfield, California (49 percent)

6. Grand Rapids, Michigan (47 percent)

7. Las Vegas, Nevada (44 percent)

8. North Port, Florida, Sarasota, Florida, Bradenton, Florida (42 percent)

9. San Jose, California (37 percent)

10. Denver, Colorado (37 percent)

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