Healthcare adds 12,000 workers in February
Healthcare employment grew by 12,000 workers in February, a one-month increase of 0.1%, to 13.67 million, preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show. Healthcare has added 210,000 jobs in the year that ended last month, an increase of 1.6%. Hospital employment was basically flat, adding 1,300 jobs in February to bring hospital employment to 4.7 million, the bureau said. For the 12 months ended in February, hospitals added 32,700 jobs, an increase of 0.7%. Ambulatory-care services added 6,700 jobs in February, a one-month increase of 0.1%, to 5.86 million workers. For the year ended last month, ambulatory care added 137,100 jobs, an increase of 2.4%. Within ambulatory care, physician office employment figures also were basically flat, adding 900 workers to bring employment to 2.31 million, the agency said. For the 12 months ended in February, physician offices added 47,100 jobs, an increase of 2.1%.