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Crisis on the Frontline: New Jersey’s Direct Care Workforce

Report Data Collection & Quality
November 10, 2020
Crisis on the Frontline: New Jersey’s Direct Care Workforce

This report provides a detailed snapshot of direct care workers in New Jersey, examining key demographics, job characteristics, and future job projections. It also provides an investigative look into this workforce, two in-depth interviews with direct care workers, and a slate of policy opportunities to transform policy and practice for this job sector in the years ahead. This report was made possible through generous support from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.

Key Takeaways

New Jersey’s direct care workforce increased from more than 84,000 workers in 2009 to approximately 111,000 workers in 2019.
Between 2016 and 2026, New Jersey’s long-term care sector will need to fill 185,600 job openings in direct care.
New Jersey should consider forming a statewide workgroup that can effectively advocate for policy changes in support of direct care workers and their employers.
 
Robert Espinoza
About The Author

Robert Espinoza

Vice President of Policy
Robert Espinoza oversees PHI's national policy, research, and communications division. He has been a national policy expert, communications strategist, and writer for 20 years.
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