Despite the political uncertainty swirling around the future of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare had its strongest month so far in 2017 when it comes to creating jobs.
The industry added more than 36,500 jobs in June, far outpacing the 20,600 jobs added in May, according to the most recent jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall employment in the sector is now 15.74 million. The bulk of the new hires were concentrated in ambulatorycare services, which added 26,000 jobs. Hospitals added 11,700 jobs. Even with these gains, jobs in the healthcare sector are growing at a slower pace compared to last year. Healthcare has added an average of 24,000 jobs per month in the first half of 2017, compared to an average monthly gain of 32,000 jobs in 2016.