Health Care & Social Assistance Services Are
One of RI’s Most Dynamic Labor Markets

Demographic Shifts and Technological Advances Boost Demand

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September 16, 2004

CRANSTON – The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s Labor Market Information unit announced the completion of its 2004 Job Vacancy Survey (JVS) for the Health Care & Social Assistance industry sector. Director Adelita S. Orefice noted, “the survey indicates that demographic shifts and technological advances have spurred the increased demand for Health Care & Social Assistance services, making it one of the Ocean State’s most dynamic labor markets.” To gain a more complete understanding of industry and occupational labor demand and job characteristics, the Labor Market Information unit conducted a survey of more than 700 private sector Health Care & Social Assistance establishments in Spring 2004.

In Spring 2004, there were an estimated 2,894 job vacancies in Rhode Island’s Health Care & Social Assistance industry sector. This represents a job vacancy rate of 4.1 percent, or four job openings for every one hundred filled. More than half of all estimated vacancies were in three occupational groups: Registered Nurses; Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants; and Personal & Home Care Aides. By industry, the highest vacancy rates were estimated in Home Health Care Services, Residential Mental Retardation Facilities, and Offices of Mental Health Practitioners. Higher job vacancy rates indicate a greater demand for workers, due in part to increased business, high labor turnover, or an abundant level of part-time or per-diem work.

For more Job Vacancy Survey information, go to the Labor Market Information unit’s JVS web site at The complete 36-page report and a four-page

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