The opioid epidemic has left thousands of medical assistants without work.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that since the beginning of the year, more than 2.4 million doctors, nurses, and other medical workers have been laid off.
The layoffs are part of an effort to save money by reducing reimbursements and reducing the number of doctors, nurse practitioners, and health professionals on the government’s rolls.
But while the number or length of the layoffs are not immediately known, the cuts have been concentrated on a specific set of medical offices, according to people familiar with the matter.
One example is the nursing home industry, which is losing its top positions in key sectors of the medical-services industry, such as health care, nursing home, and social work, according a Reuters analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The nursing home sector accounts for roughly a third of total U.S. nursing-home workforce.
The bureau estimates that more than half of the nursing-care jobs in the country were lost in the first nine months of the decade.
The layoffs have a ripple effect on a wider array of industries, from law firms to law schools to food service.
Health care, meanwhile, is seeing an increase in its number of job openings.
More: The number of jobs in nursing- home programs is up 15% over the past year, but that’s mainly because there are fewer nurses and doctors.
And with the nursing homes shutting down, there are less nurses and physicians available to fill those jobs, said Steve Warshaw, a senior economist at the Center for Health Policy and Economic Research at Rutgers University.
That could leave nursing homes with fewer patients and fewer beds.
In a blog post this week, the National Association of State Nursing Home Directors wrote that many nursing homes are facing the loss of nursing-staff members and that it is not clear when they will be able to reopen.
The shortage of nursing homes is especially acute in rural areas, where it can be difficult to find qualified nursing-house employees, said Scott Rochon, an economist at Georgetown University.
The state has also had a significant impact on nursing homes.
The U.N. has estimated that about one-third of the nation’s nursing homes have been shuttered.
The majority of those nursing homes were shuttered during the Great Recession, and many are now closed due to the opioid crisis.
In March, the Department of Labor launched a pilot program in California to hire more nursing home employees and increase staffing.
And in June, the state began accepting applications for the position of nursing home administrator.