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Layoffs: 2010 could be worst year yet for hospitals

Health care in general may have fared better than many industries in the recent downturn, but recent data shows it was far from immune.

At the current rate, 2010 will be the worst year ever for the number of hospital layoffs.

According to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 12,000 hospital workers were laid off in 2009 — and 2010 is on pace to beat that number. In July and August of this year, just over 2,000 workers were laid off in 26 separate mass layoffs. (BLS defines action as a mass layoff when 50 or more employees are involved.)

Through August, BLS reported 102 mass layoffs at hospitals, at the current pace, experts predict 153 layoffs before the year is over.

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