Employment growth in hospitals settings especially strong

On a national basis no apparent surge in RN retirements observed

 

New nursing workforce data for the second quarter of 2016 show that, nationally, total RN employment grew by 135,00 full-time employees (FTE).   Going back two years earlier to the 2nd quarter of 2014, total RN employment has grown by 315,000 FTEs.

total fte rn

 

Source: Authors’ analysis of Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey

When analyzed by major employment sector, total RN employment in hospital settings during the 2nd quarter of 2016 grew sharply, increasing by 115,437 FTEs. This brings total employment growth in hospitals in 2016 among RNs to 167,000, resulting in an all-time high of 1.91m RNs employed in hospitals. FTE RN employment also grew in non-hospital settings, rising by just under 20,000 during the 2nd quarter of 2016.

 

fte by sector

 

Source: Authors’ analysis of Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey

Employment among all age groups of RNs increased during the 2nd quarter of the year. RN employment growth among those over age 50 continued to edge up during the 2nd quarter, increasing by roughly 5,000 FTEs, while employment of middle age RNs grew more sharply, regaining all of the losses experienced during the 1st quarter of 2016.  Employment of RNs under the age of 35 also increased strongly, rising by approximately 60,000 during the quarter.

 

fte rn by age

 

Source: Authors’ analysis of Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey

 

Quarterly data are compiled from the Current Population Survey basic monthly files, which are released with roughly a one-month delay. These data contain basic demographic and labor force variables for all respondents, as well as wage and hourly data for a portion of the respondents. Quarterly statistics are reported as an average of the three months’ values.