Nebraska health care continues to fuel economy, add jobs

OMAHA, Neb. — Health care in Nebraska continues to fuel economic growth and job gains with thousands employed in that sector, and more jobs on the way. Leading the way are Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Recent studies have shown that $1 out of every $25 spent in the state comes from those two entities. As health providers have expanded to meet the growing need for services, they also have added thousands of jobs. The state has more than 13,000 employed in health care. That number is an increase of more than 4,000 over the last nine years.

A study by Tripp Umbach showed a direct economic impact of $1.8 billion in Nebraska for fiscal year 2013-2014. With an additional $2.4 billion in indirect health care spending that number climbed to $4.2 billion. In addition to jobs directly associated to those health care systems, the report found another 15,779 are indirect jobs are supported by the state’s health care dollars.

Source: Omaha World-Herald

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