States ranked by healthcare as percent of overall employment

West Virginia leads the nation for healthcare employment as a percent of total employment, while Nevada is last. 

The data comes from Kaiser Family Foundation, which ranked states by healthcare employment as a percent of total employment based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' State Occupational Employment Statistics Survey for May 2021, which was released in March 2022. Healthcare employment includes occupations in ambulatory care, hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities.

Below are states' healthcare employment as a percent of total employment, ranked in descending order. The national average is 12 percent. 

West Virginia: 16 percent 

New York: 15 percent 

Maine: 14 percent 

Rhode Island: 14 percent 

Massachusetts: 14 percent 

Pennsylvania: 14 percent 

South Dakota: 14 percent 

Minnesota: 14 percent 

Louisiana: 14 percent 

Ohio: 14 percent 

North Dakota: 13 percent 

Vermont: 13 percent 

Connecticut: 13 percent 

Delaware: 13 percent 

Michigan: 13 percent 

Alaska: 13 percent 

Indiana: 13 percent 

Montana: 13 percent 

New Jersey: 13 percent 

New Mexico: 12 percent 

Maryland: 12 percent 

Florida: 12 percent 

Idaho: 12 percent 

Arkansas: 12 percent 

Missouri: 12 percent

Kansas: 12 percent 

Kentucky: 12 percent 

New Hampshire: 12 percent 

Alabama: 12 percent 

Arizona: 12 percent 

Iowa: 12 percent 

Wisconsin: 12 percent 

Mississippi: 12 percent 

Tennessee: 12 percent 

Nebraska: 12 percent 

North Carolina: 12 percent 

Oregon: 11 percent

Illinois: 11 percent

Texas: 11 percent

Oklahoma: 11 percent

South Carolina: 11 percent

Hawaii: 11 percent

Colorado: 11 percent

Washington: 11 percent 

California: 11 percent

Georgia: 10 percent

Virginia: 10 percent

Wyoming: 10 percent

Utah: 10 percent 

Nevada: 9 percent 

 

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