The number of housekeeping jobs in the United States fell 40% between 2016 and 2019, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In the US, the number of people employed in housekeeping services has been growing steadily over the last two decades, and now accounts for about 17% of all workers in the industry.
The BLS found that during that time, the percentage of the workforce working in housekeepers increased from 2.4% in 1996 to 5.3% in 2018.
This means that while the number employed in the workforce in 2018 was more than twice that of 2015, the workforce increased by 40%.
The total number of workers in housekeeps decreased from 2,700,000 in 1996, to 1,932,000 by 2018.
The BLS also noted that while homecare workers, who perform housekeeping and related tasks in hospitals, have been in a constant state of decline since 2011, their share of the population is now at its highest point in 30 years.
The percentage of homecare workforce is at its lowest point since 1987, and the rate of growth is not sustainable.
The most recent Bureau of Labour Statistics (BSS) data shows that housekeepers make up about half of the total workforce in the healthcare industry, and that more than 40% of home care workers are women.
In 2019, there were 2.5 million housekeepers, according the BLS, and an additional 12.7 million were employed in homecare.
Overall, the overall US workforce increased in every major sector during the last 10 years.
While the BBS report notes that the number and share of workers working in home care has increased in recent years, there has been a sharp decline in the percentage employed in that role, particularly in the last year.
In 2018, the share of housekeepers in the overall workforce was just over 12% of the US workforce, down from nearly 17% in 2016, and well below the 25% in 1980.
The number of nursing home workers also fell during the decade, and this is one sector where housekeeping has been the fastest growing occupation.
The number and percentage of nursing care home workers has been on the rise since the 1990s, and their share has remained constant at around 16% since the early 2000s.
Overall in 2019, nursing home employees made up 17.7% of US workers, down slightly from 17.9% in 2020, but up from 17% the year before.
The overall workforce in nursing homes fell from 1.7m to 1.3m in the same period, although the percentage declined slightly, from 14.9 to 13.9%.
The BSS report found that the proportion of nursing homes employed fell from 15.5% in 2017 to 12.9%, and the number was stable at 12.8%.
This trend in nursing home employment also reflects the decline in home health care services over the past decade, particularly home health, where the percentage has been dropping for the last five years.
In the BSS, home healthcare was the second largest occupation in the labor force for the second consecutive year, behind food service.
While the total number and employment of nursing and home health workers is declining, the trend of decreasing nursing home jobs has not stopped in many areas.
The total nursing home workforce in 2020 was just above 11 million, down 10,000 from the year prior, and down from 14 million in 2015.
The median annual salary for nursing home housekeepers was $52,800, and housekeepers earned more than $65,000.
In 2017, nursing homes had the highest median annual salaries of any occupation in America, at $78,300.
That was the highest for any occupation and above the $78.25 per hour average in 2017.
The average home health service worker made $56,000, while the median annual income of home health providers was $60,000 and the median salary for home health employees was $58,000 (see chart above).
The BBS reported that housekeeping workers are the most common occupation in which non-managerial employees make less than $100,000 per year, and they made up 15.6% of non-managers’ total compensation.
The majority of nursing jobs have an hourly wage above $25 per month, and almost half of nursing house workers were employed at least part time.
While home health and home care are still the largest occupations in the labour force, they have seen their share fall in recent decades.
The share of home-based care jobs fell from 18.3 million to 14.7 percent during the same time period.
Home health care is still the most popular occupation in nursing, and it accounted for 23.3 percent of total compensation in 2019.
The percentage of house and office workers fell from 12.5 percent in 2020 to 8.6 percent in 2019 (see the chart above), and the percentage that