Health Care Job Boom Closes Employment and Inequality Gaps

We’ve been hearing two related messages a lot lately. One, that tech innovation is resulting in fewer but more educated people doing more work, locking less educated workers out of the job market, and two, that this development is feeding growing income inequality. A new Brookings Institution study outlines a possible solution to these issues. Jobs in the health care industry now favor those with less education: health care workers without a four-year college degree now make up 61 percent of the industry’s 12.1 million employees, a growth attributed to the need for more nursing aides and medical assistants to deal with a large, aging Baby Boomer population. Full employment for the less educated who can then work up to better paying professional careers—sounds like a good prescription for the current, unhealthy employment-income inequality condition.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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