In honor of National Nurses Week, we analyzed the changing environment for Licensed Practical Nursing jobs. The Wall Street Journal reported that technological advancements, increased focus on costs, and improving patient outcomes requires employers to demand more from both their high-skilled and low-skilled employees. This trend is pushing Licensed Practical Nurses, which is considered a middle skilled occupation that doesn't require a college degree, out of hospitals and into lower paying places, such as nursing homes. How has Licensed Practical Nursing hiring changed over the past 4 years?
During the past 4 years, the lowest number of job ads for Licensed Practical Nurses was seen during January 2010. Since then, hiring demand rose 60%. Over the past 30 days, there were 38,000 jobs advertised online, which is a 17% decrease when compared to the same 30-day period in 2012.
Hiring Demand for Licensed Practical Nurses
The highest number of Licensed Practical Nurse job ads during the past 30-days appeared in Atlanta (GA), Minneapolis (MN), and Houston (TX). Of the metro areas with the greatest demand, Minneapolis was the only location to experience year-over-year growth, increasing 11% when compared to the same 30-day period last year. Recruiters in most cities are likely to have favorable recruiting conditions with a national average score of 15 on our Hiring Scale (our Hiring Scale score ranges from 1 - 99, with 99 representing hardest-to-fill.) However, there are 5 cities that score between 62 and 71, indicating that employers in these areas may experience difficulty sourcing this talent. These areas include:
- Casper (WY)
- Anchorage (AK)
- Sioux Falls (SD)
- Kennewick-Pasco-Richland (WA)
- Fargo (ND)
For more on nursing hiring trends, read Nurses Still Top Demand Charts.
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