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Comptroller reports growth in statewide healthcare jobs

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As employment has grown across the country, the rate of healthcare related jobs in New York State have outpaced all other fields. A report by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows that, health care employment in New York State has grown at an average of at least 18 percent over ten years, more than double the overall employment rate. The rate in Western New York is nearly 17 percent.

"Year in and year out, health care has been a growth sector for jobs in New York over the past decade. Across upstate New York in particular, private employment would have declined if not for job gains in health care," according to DiNapoli.

The Comptroller warns that federal cuts in healthcare spending could jeopardize this growth. The report shows that the healthcare industry provides state workers nearly $71 billion in wages with an annual average salary of $57,200 in 2017.

Ninety percent of healthcare empployment in the state are private sector jobs.