Economic Impact Report

New Jersey Hospital Association: 2022 Economic Impact Report

Explore how New Jersey’s hospitals contribute to the state, county and local economies.

New Jersey hospitals are a vital public resource. In 2020, the state’s hospitals successfully treated more than 105,000 COVID patients among the 14 million patients served annually. Beyond patient care, New Jersey’s hospitals also are economic strongholds, providing jobs, income taxes and spending that support their communities through good times and bad.

New Jersey hospitals directly contributed $27.8 billion to the state’s economy during the 2020 pandemic year. But these anchor institutions drive much larger total impacts both to their local communities and to other N.J. companies through spending that supports their operations, employees, patients and visitors. The total impact to the state’s economy driven by N.J. hospitals reached $62 billion in 2020.1

That total includes:

  • $3.9 billion in purchased services
  • Nearly 119,000 full-time equivalent jobs and total direct employment of over 154,000 full- and part-time positions; in addition to these direct jobs, the hospital industry supports approximately 200,000 jobs across other sectors, for a total employment impact of 355,000 jobs statewide1
  • Over $10 billion in total employee salaries
  • Over $500 million in state income taxes paid by hospital employees
  • $672 million in charity care services to New Jersey’s working poor and other uninsured residents.

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1The goods and services hospitals purchase from other businesses create additional economic value for the community, and estimated the use of factors (or “multipliers”) by which spending in one sector affects other sectors. For employment, these ripple effects mean that each hospital job results in a total of 2.3 jobs in the overall economy because hospital employees use their wages to purchase goods and services which creates income and jobs for other businesses. Similarly, each dollar spent by a hospital results in a total of $2.24 in overall economic output. New Jersey hospitals thus support approximately 355,000 total jobs and over $62 billion in economic activity statewide.

Source: American Hospital Association, Hospitals Remain Economic Pillars in Their Communities, Feb. 2022; analysis based on multipliers from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’ Regional Input–Output Modeling System (BEA RIMS-II).