Hospitals post second-slowest job-growth month for 2009
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.