How does healthcare job growth compare in 15 regions?

The Charlotte, N.C., region added 36,100 jobs from December 2014 to December 2015, according to a recent study by Cleveland State University.

The 3.3 percent change in job growth during that time period was higher than any other city in the study, including Detroit, Cleveland, Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Indianapolis. It was also higher than St. Louis, Richmond, Va., Kansas City, Mo., and Milwaukee.

The study looked at job growth in these 15 regions, as well as how many added jobs came from education and health services.

Here is how the cities fared.

1. Following Charlotte in overall job growth was Indianapolis (2.7 percent), Baltimore (2.3 percent), Cleveland (2.2 percent) and Detroit (2.1 percent). Last was Kansas City, with 0.3 percent job growth.

2. The study also looked at how much of the 15 regions' labor markets were made up of health and services jobs. The Philadelphia region came in first with 21.2 percent, followed by Pittsburgh (21.1 percent), Boston (21.1 percent), Milwaukee (19.3 percent), Cleveland (19.2 percent) and Baltimore (19.2 percent). Coming in last place was Charlotte, with 10.1 percent.

3. Delineating further, the study looked at the location quotient of skilled healthcare workers, which is a way to quantify how concentrated a particular occupation is in a region compared to the nation. Cleveland had the largest concentration of skilled healthcare workers in the regions (LQ of 1.29), but also the largest concentration in the nation's top 50 job markets, the study found. Next was Boston (LQ of 1.23), Pittsburgh (LQ of 1.21) and Indianapolis (LQ of 1.20).


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