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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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