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COVID takes bite out of Minnesota health care labor market


January 25, 2021

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Dr. Todd Struckman examined Neil Adamson, who was experiencing throat swelling, on Thursday at St. Luke's in Duluth.

The number of people working in health care - Minnesota's largest industry by worker head count - typically grows 2.7% between January and December.

But at the end of 2020, the state had 367,000 employees in its hospitals, nursing homes, doctor's offices and walk-in clinics, a decline of 10,000 since the start of the year, state employment data released Thursday show.

The same pattern held at the national level. The 19.9 million Americans working in health care and social-assistance jobs in December represented a decline of about 780,000 since January, the first such decline in federal labor data going back to 1990.


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