The healthcare industry added 45,200 jobs in April, the largest monthly increase so far this year.
Hospitals accounted for more than a quarter of that total. Employment at hospitals went up by 11,800 last month, a 0.2% uptick from March and a 1.8% increase from April 2014, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nursing homes and residential-care facilities added 8,100 employees, reversing a twomonth trend in which roughly 8,000 jobs were cut. Nursing homes specifically accounted for 3,000 newly created jobs. Ambulatory settings generated approximately 25,300 jobs, a 4% jump from April 2014. Within that category, physician offices increased their staffs by 9,300 people.