News | Healthcare Booming Locally Despite Recent Job Cuts

February 25, 2016

Modesto, CA – On the heels of news about cuts to local healthcare jobs, the Stanislaus Business Alliance is pleased to report strong sector growth and promising short-term projections in employment.

Not only is the health care industry not losing jobs but the industry is making impressive gains, with sector employment up 1.4% in Stanislaus County since December 2015 and over 2,000 jobs expected to be added to the health care sector and nearly 500 added to hospitals and medical centers locally by 2017.

“In the healthcare industry there is a trend toward outsourcing jobs not directly related to patient care and their core competencies,” said David White, Chief Executive Officer of the Stanislaus Business Alliance. “Economically that makes sense for a lot of organizations but that shift does not impact the upward tick of jobs we are seeing in the healthcare industry. There has been and will continue to be great opportunity for employment in the health care industry within Stanislaus County.”

The Stanislaus Business Alliance is focused on local job growth, which will be realized through strategic business development, workforce readiness, messaging, and innovation initiatives detailed in its new Opportunity Stanislaus campaign. Jowanda Collins, Chief Workforce Development Officer, believes Stanislaus County has the capacity to make huge gains economically with the provision of leadership and direction. “Our plan for the county capitalizes on our local strengths and accounts for improvements where historically we haven’t thrived,” said Collins. “We are going to be rolling out big opportunities that will result in a capable, skilled employment base and we will be ready to meet the projected needs across the board, including that of the health care industry.”

Opportunity Stanislaus will launch publicly on Tuesday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m. For more information or to attend please contact Tyler Richardson at (209) 652-3131.