Health­care cre­ates 13,500 jobs in March as ACA re­peal scare slowed growth

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

As plans to re­peal and re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act took cen­ter stage last month, job growth in the health­care sec­tor slowed sig­nif­i­cantly.

The in­dus­try pro­duced 13,500 new jobs in March, more than half the 31,400 new po­si­tions cre­ated in Fe­bru- ary, ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics. To­tal em­ploy­ment in the sec­tor is 15.65 mil­lion. The over­all un­em­ploy­ment rate de­creased by 0.2 per­cent­age points to 4.5% in March, and the num­ber of unemployed de­clined by 326,000 to 7.2 mil­lion.

Health­care led job growth through­out 2016, but con­struc­tion sur­passed it last month, adding 17,000 jobs.

Within the health­care sec­tor, hospi­tals pro­duced the most jobs with 8,700 new po­si­tions in March. Am­bu­la­tory care added 6,800 jobs. In the first three months of this year, health­care added an av­er­age of 20,000 jobs each month.

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