Hos­pi­tals help fuel healthcare job growth

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - —Michael San­dler

The healthcare sec­tor added 34,400 jobs in Septem­ber, mak­ing up al­most a quar­ter of new U.S. jobs for the month.

Hos­pi­tal hires led the healthcare sec­tor, adding 15,500 for the month.

Hos­pi­tals have cre­ated over 117,000 jobs in the first nine months of this year alone.

Be­cause of the Af­ford­able Care Act, more Amer­i­cans are now in­sured, lead­ing to more fis­cally sound hos­pi­tals and sys­tems, said Kyle Mat­tice, pres­i­dent of health ser­vices for the staffing firm Ex­ecu Search Group.

A push for qual­ity over quan­tity is cre­at­ing new jobs in pop­u­la­tion health and case man­age­ment, Mat­tice said. The need for data an­a­lyt­ics is do­ing the same for health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, tele­health and health in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment, he added.

Physi­cian of­fices, out­pa­tient cen­ters and other am­bu­la­tory sites cre­ated 12,900 jobs. Physi­cian of­fices alone saw an uptick of 6,800 jobs in Septem­ber.

Also, the nurs­ing and residential-care sec­tor grew by 6,000 jobs.

In ad­di­tion, the U.S. econ­omy added 142,000 jobs in Septem­ber, and un­em­ploy­ment was un­changed at 5.1% from Au­gust.

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