Becker's Healthcare May 16, 2022
Molly Gamble

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...

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