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Chicago Healthcare Jobs with Resurrection Cut

Posted on March 19, 2009

One company has eliminated more than 100 Chicago healthcare jobs.

Resurrection Health Care
, based in Chicago, recently announced its plan to lay off 125 workers. The company is cutting 80 manager positions, as well as ambulatory services and system support positions. The company is cutting 81 positions in all and leaving 44 vacancies unfilled.

According to an article by The Hospital Review, Resurrection Health Care operates eight hospitals in the Chicago area. The company lost $73 million during 2008 and expects more losses by the end of the fiscal year in June.

The healthcare job cuts come as a surprise in an industry that is often considered recession-proof. The Chicago-Naperville-Joliet area’s education and health services industry employed 521,500 workers during January, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 528,600 workers during December 2008, but a 2.5 percent increase from last year.

The Chicago area had a total non-farm employment of 3,697,200 workers during January, down from 3,810,400 workers during December and a 2.8 percent decrease from last year. During January, the area’s unemployment rate increased from 6.9 percent to 8.2 percent.

As a whole, Illinois‘ education and health services industry employed 803,400 workers during January, down from 805,100 workers during December and a 1.6 percent increase from last year. The state had a total non-farm employment of 5,820,200 during January, down from 5,849,500 workers during December and a 2.9 percent decrease from last year. Illinois’ unemployment rate increased from 7.2 percent to 7.9 percent during January.

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