Industry Snapshot | Health care and social assistance, 2016-2020 | January 2022
The health care and social assistance sector is comprised of establishments providing medical care as well as wellness and social services to individuals.
As of 2020, there was an average of 19,550,905 people employed in the private sector of this industry in 1,746,923 establishments.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In the private health care and social assistance industry during 2020, there were 806,200 total recordable cases (TRC) of nonfatal injuries and illnesses. Of those, 447,900 had days away from work (DAFW), 91,300 had days of job transfer or restriction (DJTR), and 267,000 had other recordable cases (ORC). The total recordable case incidence rate per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 5.5.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 128 for the health care and social assistance industry during 2020, compared to 161 during 2019.
Employment data come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 11, 2022