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Health care employment stable in Michigan, new nursing grads have challenges in current marketplace

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In Michigan, employment in the health care remains a bright spot, with growth job expected to continue over the next several years. 

Analysts cautioned March 28th, the strength of that growth is somewhat fluid and depending, from emerging reforms to the overall health of the economy.
"There's a lot of unknowns out there right now," said Julianne Rose, executive director of the Capital Healthcare and Employment Council to the Lansing State Journal.
A new report released by workforce development agency Capital Area Michigan Works showed the private health care sector employed 19,594 people in the Lansing area in 2009, up 3.5 percent from 18,936 in 2003. In comparison, there was an 11.9 percent drop among all private-sector jobs during the same period.

Industry developments such as health care reform and more use of electronic medical records could have major effects on job demand, Rose said.

Annual salaries averaged $48,100 in 2009 for local health care employees, compared with $39,928 for all private-sector workers. Long-term growth projections don't mean the industry is immune to cuts in the near term.

Health care employers like Lansing's Sparrow Health System, said last week it was cutting about 30 employees in administrative and support positions. Ingham Regional Medical Center, part of Flint's McLaren Health Care Corp., said earlier this month it was cutting between 100 and 150 positions, which is about 5 percent to 7 percent of its workforce.

Some local health care employers are feeling the strain of fewer patients because of lost or reduced insurance coverage. Currently, needs exist in health care for experienced registered nurses opportunities but, new employment is limited in the state for recent nursing graduates, according to the report.

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