Hos­pi­tals post sec­ond-slow­est job-growth month for 2009

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

Hos­pi­tals posted their sec­ond-slow­est month of job growth of the year in De­cem­ber 2009, adding just 1,400 jobs to a work­force of 4.7 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to pre­lim­i­nary sea­son­ally ad­justed fig­ures from the U.S. Bureau of La­bor Statis­tics. Hospi­tal em­ploy­ment grew 0.8% dur­ing 2009. Physi­cians’ offices in De­cem­ber, mean­while, posted their high­est net job growth since mid-2008, adding 8,900 em­ploy­ees to a work­force of 2.3 mil­lion, for a monthly growth rate of 0.4%. Physi­cian-of­fice em­ploy­ment grew by 2.4% in 2009. The broader health­care sec­tor, mean­while, added 21,500 jobs in De­cem­ber, for a monthly growth rate of 0.16%, which was equal to the 2009 av­er­age. The in­dus­try over­all grew its work­force by 2% dur­ing the year.

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