Healthcare jobs dropping in Miami-Dade for first time since ‘00

The end of 2012 also brought the conclusion of a remarkable hiring streak in Miami-Dade County. The milestone does not bode well for a jobs recovery in 2013.

The employment category dominated by healthcare lost 400 jobs in November and 700 jobs in December compared to the prior 12 months. Both drops were relatively minor, but marked the first time the healthcare sector saw an employment decline in Miami-Dade since June 2000. No other sector could boast of a stretch like that, and the start of 2013 will show whether the drop in healthcare jobs reported last month was a blip or something more lasting.

The end of the 147 months of growing healthcare jobs in Miami-Dade comes amid turmoil in that industry locally and across the country. Two of the largest healthcare providers in Miami-Dade, Jackson Memorial and the University of Miami medical school, last year announced nearly 2,000 jobs cuts. Both entities have close ties — UM doctors staff Jackson. If considered a single source of layoffs, the total at the time would have been one of the biggest in Florida since the retirement of the Space Shuttle program.

Along with cuts came moves to keep hiring down and reduce payroll, so the impact on attrition is likely to last for years. And that doesn’t count the contractors who suffer as both institutions trim costs.

Meanwhile, healthcare dollars are under pressure nationwide as the new healthcare law takes effect and insurers look for ways to cut reimbursements. Government reimbursements are under pressure, too.

In Miami-Dade, the hospital sub-sector has been losing jobs since August and in December it shed 1,700 jobs. That’s still nothing to the county’s main sources of lost jobs: in December, the construction industry shed 2,600 positions and local government shed 4,700, according to federal statistics. But it’s a big turnaround from the end of 2011, when hospitals were adding about 2,500 jobs a month.

In Broward, healthcare continues to be a positive for jobs In December, the sector added 1,400 jobs.

The Miami Herald’s Economic Time Machine blog seeks to put South Florida’s recovery into historical perspective. We try to take the long view on economic stats. For analysis of the latest economic news, visit and look for our weekly chart on Page 3 of Business Monday.

Read more The Economic Time Machine stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category