DC is on track to surpass the 10,000 jobs hit by the flu, according to a study released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The National Health and Medical Research Council said that since the flu began in October, the number of jobs requiring dental care has risen by a staggering 2,800 percent.
That includes dental and dental assistants and dental hygienists.
That is roughly half of all jobs that need dental care, but the numbers are far below the national average of nearly 2,500 jobs.
The data from the Council was compiled using the federal government’s Health Care Cost and Utilization Project, which relies on census data to estimate how many Americans are receiving medical care.
The results paint a grim picture for the city that has been reeling from a flu pandemic that has killed nearly 5,300 people.
About 2,600 of the jobs are in urban centers like Washington, D.C., where more than 7,600 have died.
Dentists and other medical workers make up the largest group of those killed, accounting for nearly half of the overall jobs, according the study.
The health department said in a statement that it is “extremely concerned” about the high numbers of dental workers and other health care professionals who are out of work.
“Dental care is essential for our economy, and we must do everything possible to make sure we have a workforce that can meet the demands of this new age of health care,” it said.
The Health Care and Life Insurance Institute estimated that between March and September, nearly a quarter of all dental workers in the U.S. were laid off, including nearly 300 in D.E.C. and nearly 160 in Maryland.
That number is also higher than what the government projects the flu could kill.
A national survey conducted by the nonprofit organization Health Care Network found that nearly one in five D.U.L. workers in rural areas are on the verge of losing their jobs, including an estimated 8,000 in Montana, where the flu killed about 10,300 in October.
The council’s analysis of health department data is one of the first to come out of the White House since the government began publishing health-care-related data, which are then released every two years.
The report said the flu season could be a factor in the number and pace of job losses.
In the last six months, health officials have been reporting that the number with health-related jobs fell by about 1,000 positions, a sign that the flu has put downward pressure on job opportunities, the council said.
But in a separate report released Thursday, the National Economic Council estimated that the overall unemployment rate in the D.W.I. could be higher than it was in September.
The D.D.C.-based Health and Social Services Department said in an email that the numbers for D.P. and D.L.-D.M. have been trending lower in recent months, with the unemployment rate falling by about 0.3 percentage points over the past six months.
The numbers were higher in D.-C.
than the District, where unemployment has been trending downward.
But the D-C.
figures do not include data from other parts of the nation, including Pennsylvania, where there has been a sharp drop in unemployment, the Health Council said.
In a separate analysis, the Council also noted that a number of states, including California, New York and Illinois, have seen a decline in their overall jobless rates.
The council said it expects that number to continue to fall, although it noted that unemployment will remain elevated in many states.
The U.K. has seen a sharp increase in its unemployment rate since the start of the pandemic.