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Health care jobs are back on the radar for the United States, as employers seek to keep pace with the growing demand for physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Northrop Grumman, the nation’s largest defense contractor, said Monday it has hired 2,700 jobs to fill an anticipated 10,000 jobs by the end of the year.
The news comes after President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled new proposals that would require companies to pay more for workers’ health care and other benefits, including the tax credit that many of the firms receive.
The administration said it would allow companies to offer the tax credits to employees who have health care coverage through their jobs.
That’s likely to attract more companies.
In a statement, Northrop Gramp said: “The government is committed to creating a healthier workforce and is supporting employers in their efforts to attract and retain talented professionals, particularly physicians and healthcare professionals.”
Northrop declined to give specific details about the jobs being created.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which supports the tax plan, also said it was pleased with the job growth.
The Chamber of Industry, a trade group, called on Trump to allow states to waive their requirement that employers provide health insurance to workers, and said the administration should also allow employers to offer their employees the full $1,150 tax credit.
Trump has proposed allowing people to deduct their health insurance costs on their taxes.
But that would likely lead to higher costs for employers and higher out-of-pocket costs for employees, who would have to pay higher deductibles and copays.
In its announcement Monday, Northrup said it plans to spend $1 billion on training and education in its healthcare workforce.
It said the program is expected to create more than 30,000 positions by 2020.