Report: 37,000 Health Care Jobs May Be Lost in Pennsylvania

( A new report found up to 37,382 health care jobs could be lost in Pennsylvania by 2021 as a result of the 2 percent sequester of Medicare spending mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.  Nationally, more than 766,000 jobs would be lost according to the report released today by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) at a press conference in Washington, DC.

The report, produced by Tripp Umbach, a firm specializing in conducting economic impact studies, measures the anticipated effect of these cuts in Medicare payments on health care providers and other industries. The Tripp Umbach model reflects how reductions in Medicare payment for health care services will lead to direct job losses in the health care sector, reduced purchases by health care entities of goods and services from other businesses which in turn will lay-off workers, and reduced household purchases by workers who lose their jobs.  As the impact of these cuts ripples through the economy, jobs will be lost across many sectors beyond health care.

This model estimates that, during the first year of the sequester, more than 24,000 jobs will be lost in Pennsylvania.  The report found that the job losses will affect many economic sectors beyond health care.

The health care sector has long been an economic mainstay providing stability and growth even during times of recession.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that health care created 169,800 jobs in the first half of 2012 and accounted for one out of every 5 new jobs created this year.

Tripp Umbach designed a customized model based on the national economic impact models developed by MIG IMPLAN, as well as previous impact studies.