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Healthcare employment numbers barely ticked up in June, with 0.1% growth adding 13,500 jobs.
Healthcare added 13,500 jobs in June, though not in hospitals, while the overall U.S. economy grew by a net 18,000 new positions as unemployment crept upward once again. The healthcare sector grew by 0.1% in June, continuing a second month of comparatively slow growth relative to performance over the past year, according to seasonally adjusted preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the 12month period ended in June, healthcare as a whole added 309,000 jobs, or 2.3%, to a workforce of 14.1 million. Healthcare’s hospital subsector, meanwhile, posted net job losses for the third time in the past year, losing about 4,000 jobs in June. That was a 0.1% decline in a workforce of 4.7 million people. Over the past 12 months, hospitals have added 23,400 jobs, or 0.5%. Ambulatory healthcare services, meanwhile, grew in June by 16,500 jobs, making up the ground lost by hospitals. In particular, physician offices grew their workforces by 5,000 people, or 0.2% of a total 2.4 million employees. Doctors have added 40,400 jobs, or 1.7%, in the past 12 months. Nursing homes added 1,000 new positions.
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