New Jersey’s 73 acute care hospitals employed 115,672 full-time people in 2009, according to the New Jersey Hospitals Association's 2010 Economic Impact Report. Total employment, including part-time workers, was 145,000. That’s second only to state, county and municipal employees. Healthcare is the state’s single largest industry for job growth, the report notes.
The payroll for these workers totaled about $7.6 billion, with the largest number of full-time employees working in nursing (31,154), followed by dietary, housekeeping and maintenance (10,754), radiology (6,693), pathology and laboratory (4,932), therapy (3,711) and pharmacy (2,476).