12% of US hospitals critically understaffed, 23% anticipate shortages: Numbers by state

More than 12 percent — or 742 of 6,008 — of hospitals reporting staffing levels in the U.S. are experiencing critical staffing shortages, according to HHS data posted Jan. 27.

This is about 1 percentage point less than figures released Jan. 23.

A critical staffing shortage is based on a facility's needs and internal policies for staffing ratios, according to HHS. Hospitals using temporary staff to meet staffing ratios are not counted among those experiencing a shortage.

Meanwhile, almost 23 percent — or 1,379 of 6,008 — of hospitals reporting staffing levels in the U.S. are anticipating shortages in the next week.

About 30 percent of hospitals did not report if they're currently experiencing shortages, and about 18 percent did not report if they anticipate shortages.

Below are two lists showing current staffing shortages and anticipated shortages. 

Percent of hospitals in each state and the District of Columbia experiencing critical staffing shortages, ranked in descending order:

1. Vermont: 70.59 percent

2. New Mexico: 52.83 percent

3. Kentucky: 31.86 percent

4. North Dakota: 30.61 percent

5. Wisconsin: 29.33 percent

6. South Carolina: 26.74 percent

7. Arizona: 26.09 percent

8. Louisiana: 25.33 percent

9. Georgia: 24.71 percent

10. Tennessee: 24.64 percent

11. Indiana: 24.38 percent

12. Nebraska: 23.23 percent

13. Michigan: 22.7 percent

14. Colorado: 19.05 percent

15. Montana: 18.46 percent

16. Virginia: 17.31 percent

17. Minnesota: 17.14 percent

18. Pennsylvania: 16.89 percent

19. Washington: 16.35 percent

20. New Jersey: 12.77 percent

21. Arkansas: 12.12 percent

22. Hawaii: 11.54 percent

23. Missouri: 10.37 percent

24. Kansas: 10.27 percent

25. Wyoming: 9.68 percent

26. Oregon: 9.38 percent

27. Oklahoma: 8.97 percent

28. California: 8.8 percent

29. Iowa: 7.14 percent

30. North Carolina: 6.98 percent

31. New Hampshire: 6.9 percent

32. Delaware: 6.67 percent (tie)

32. Rhode Island: 6.67 percent (tie)

32. Maryland: 6.67 percent (tie)

35. Nevada: 6.56 percent

36. Maine: 5.56 percent

37. Mississippi: 5.5 percent

38. South Dakota: 4.69 percent

39. Florida: 4.58 percent

40. Alaska: 4.17 percent

41. Illinois: 4.1 percent

42. Idaho: 3.77 percent

43. Utah: 3.45 percent

44. New York: 1.57 percent

45. Texas: 1.35 percent

46. Ohio: 0.88 percent

47. West Virginia: 0 percent (tie)

47. Massachusetts: 0 percent (tie)

47. District of Columbia: 0 percent (tie)

47. Connecticut: 0 percent (tie)

47. Alabama: 0 percent (tie)

Percent of hospitals in each state and the District of Columbia anticipating critical staffing shortages within the next week, ranked in descending order:

1. Vermont: 70.59 percent

2. New Mexico: 52.83 percent

3. West Virginia: 49.18 percent

4. Rhode Island: 46.67 percent

5. Alabama: 40.17 percent

6. Missouri: 40 percent

7. California: 39.85 percent

8. Tennessee: 39.13 percent

9. Kentucky: 38.94 percent 

10. Oklahoma: 35.86 percent

11. Wyoming: 35.48 percent

12. Wisconsin: 34.67 percent

13. Delaware: 33.33 percent

14. Nebraska: 32.32 percent

15. Massachusetts: 32.04 percent

16. Arkansas: 31.31 percent

17. Kansas: 30.82 percent

18. North Dakota: 30.61 percent

19. South Carolina: 29.07 percent

20. Georgia: 28.24 percent

21. Arizona: 27.83 percent

22. Michigan: 26.99 percent

23. Colorado: 25.71 percent

24. Indiana: 25 percent (tie)

24. Alaska: 25 percent (tie)

26. Louisiana: 24.44 percent

27. Montana: 23.08 percent (tie)

27. Virginia: 23.08 percent (tie)

29. Maryland: 21.67 percent

30. Pennsylvania: 20.44 percent

31. Washington: 20.19 percent

32. Mississippi: 20.18 percent

33. Ohio: 18.42 percent

34. New Hampshire: 17.24 percent

35. Oregon: 17.19 percent

36. Minnesota: 17.14 percent

37. New Jersey: 17.02 percent

38. Florida: 16.41 percent

39. Illinois: 13.33 percent

40. Hawaii: 11.54 percent

41. Idaho: 11.32 percent

42. Maine: 11.11 percent

43. South Dakota; 9.38 percent

44. North Carolina: 9.3 percent

45. Iowa: 8.73 percent

46. New York: 7.85 percent

47. Nevada: 6.56 percent

48. Utah: 5.17 percent

49. Connecticut: 2.7 percent

50. Texas: 2.37 percent

51. District of Columbia: 0 percent

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