More than 19% of US hospitals are critically understaffed: Numbers by state

Just over 19 percent — or 1,167 of 6,051 — of all hospitals in the U.S. are experiencing critical staffing shortages, according to HHS data posted Jan. 6.

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.

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

1. Vermont: 52.94 percent

2. New Mexico: 51.85 percent

3. Rhode Island: 46.67 percent

4. West Virginia: 35.48 percent

5. California: 35.45 percent

6. Arizona: 34.78 percent

7. Kentucky: 31.3 percent

8. South Carolina: 30.59 percent

9. New Hampshire: 30 percent

10. Oklahoma: 29.93 percent

11. Wisconsin: 29.53 percent

12. Missouri: 28.78 percent

13. North Dakota: 28.57 percent

14. Massachusetts: 28.16 percent

15. Michigan: 26.99 percent

16. Wyoming: 25.81 percent

17. Louisiana: 25.78 percent

18. Kansas: 25.17 percent

19. Colorado: 24.76 percent

20. Indiana: 24.7 percent

21. Georgia: 23.98 percent

22. Alabama: 23.93 percent

23. Tennessee: 23.36 percent

24. Nebraska: 21.21 percent

25. Virginia: 18.87 percent

26. Arkansas: 18.18 percent

27. Minnesota: 17.99 percent

28. Ohio: 17.18 percent

29. Pennsylvania: 16.52 percent

30. New Jersey: 15.96 percent

31. Washington: 15.69 percent

32. Florida: 14.98 percent

33. Hawaii: 12 percent

34. Maryland: 11.67 percent

35. Mississippi: 10.19 percent

36. Idaho: 9.8 percent

37. Oregon: 9.52 percent

37. Iowa: 9.52 percent

39. North Carolina: 9.3 percent

40. Alaska: 8.7 percent

41. Connecticut: 8.11 percent

42. Illinois: 8.04 percent

43. Maine: 7.89 percent

44. Montana: 7.58 percent

45. Delaware: 6.67 percent

46. Nevada: 6.56 percent

47. New York: 5.97 percent

48. South Dakota: 4.62 percent

49. Utah: 3.51 percent

50. Texas: 3.2 percent

51. District of Columbia: 0 percent

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