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Fewer Filipino Nurses Seeking Jobs in US

Inquirer.net, Posted: Apr 29, 2010

MANILAThe number of Filipino nurses seeking to work in the United States fell by 28 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago, according to the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines.

Only 3,024 Filipino nurses took the necessary licensing exam for the first time from January to March, down 1,170 from 4,194 in the same quarter of 2009, according to TUCP secretary general and former senator Ernesto Herrera.

Herrera said many recession-hit American employers are still reluctant to hire additional skilled foreign workers, including nurses.

"Instead of recruiting new practitioners, many American hospitals are simply asking their existing nursing staff to work extra," Herrera said.

Due to the weak labor market in America, he said a growing number of Filipino nurses are seeking foreign employment opportunities elsewhere.



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