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Section 5: Structure of the Health Care Marketplace

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Exhibit 5.1: Health Care Employment and Share of Total Non-Farm Employment, 1990-2005p

Health care employment as a proportion of all non-farm employment has increased fairly steadily since the early 1990s. In 2005p, 9.2% of all workers, or 12.3 million people, held health care jobs, up from 7.5% (8.2 million) in 1990.

Health Care Employment

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Notes: Not seasonally adjusted. Health Care Employment includes those who work in ambulatory health care services (NAICS code 621), hospitals (NAICS code 622), and nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS code 623).

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation calculations using data from Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics survey using the 2002 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), at

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Trends and Indicators in the Changing Health Care Marketplace
Information provided by the Health Care Marketplace Project.
Publication Number: 7031
Information Updated: 02/08/06