Health­care beats U.S. av­er­age with 0.2% job growth in July

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

Health­care posted an above-av­er­age 31,300 new jobs in July, while the wider U.S. econ­omy beat ex­pec­ta­tions for em­ploy­ment growth, and the na­tional un­em­ploy­ment rate ticked down to 9.1%. The 14.1 mil­lion-per­son health­care sec­tor grew by 0.2% in July, ac­cord­ing to sea­son­ally ad­justed pre­lim­i­nary jobs data from the U.S. Bu­reau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics. Health­care em­ploy­ers have added 298,800 jobs in the 12 months ended in July, for an an­nual growth rate of 2%. July’s one-month growth fig­ures beat the sec­tor’s av­er­age of cre­at­ing 24,900 jobs per month in the past year. Look­ing just at hos­pi­tals, em­ploy­ers put up a strong month for hir­ing, adding 14,000 jobs— nearly 20% of hos­pi­tals’ growth in the past year. Hos­pi­tals added 74,800 jobs in the 12 months ended in July, for a oneyear growth rate of 1.6% in a work­force of 4.8 mil­lion. Physi­cian of­fices added 6,300 jobs, or 0.3%, to a work­force of 2.4 mil­lion in July. That made for 12month growth of 46,500 jobs, or 2%.

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