29,700 jobs added to healthcare industry in August
Healthcare added 29,700 jobs in August as the nation’s overall hiring stalled and the U.S. unemployment rate held at 9.1%. Healthcare employment increased 0.2% to a total of 14.1 million workers in August, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On average, according to the seasonally adjusted figures, healthcare added 25,500 jobs each month during the 12-month period ended in August. Total healthcare job growth for the period was 305,900, an increase of 2.2%. Erratic hospital hiring through the summer months continued in August. Hospitals added 7,700 jobs last month, a gain of 0.2% but down from 11,000 new employees in July, preliminary figures show. Meanwhile, in June, hospitals cut 1,900 jobs, the first decline since a 1,500 reduction in July 2010. Hospital hiring was up 74,100 workers for the year that ended in August, an increase of 1.6%, to total 4.8 million workers. Physician offices added 5,600 workers in August for an increase of 0.2%, and hired 4,200 per month during the 12-month period. Physician-office payrolls were up 2.2% for that period, adding 50,800 jobs during that period to bring total employment to 2.4 million.