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Job cuts seen hindering health departments
Modern Healthcare

Local health departments lost 23,000 jobs, or about 15% of the local health department workforce, to layoffs and attrition from January 2008 until December 2009, according to the National Association of County & City Health Officials in the third installment of a series of nationally representative surveys. That cumulative number reflects 7,000 jobs lost between January and December 2008; 8,000 lost between January and June of 2009; and another 8,000 lost from July through December 2009. Meanwhile, according to the study, 63% of the U.S. population lived in the jurisdiction of a local health department that cut at least one service in 2009.

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