July 10, 2018
Bucking a months-long trend of sluggish job growth, hospital hiring increased 71% in June, adding 10,600 new jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ newest jobs report. In May, hospitals added only 6,200 new hires.
Over the past 12 months, the healthcare sector overall has expanded by 309,000 jobs, including 25,200 in June, according to BLS. That number is lower than the 28,900 it added in May.
Healthcare’s ambulatory sector once again made the most new hires last month. The sector added 13,500 jobs, a 25% decrease from 18,000 in May. Within the ambulatory sector, physician offices made 3,200 new hires in June, a 26% dip from the previous month’s hiring. Offices of other health practitioners saw the highest growth, adding 3,900 new jobs in June.
Meanwhile, nursing care and residential mental health facilities continue their dramatic fluctuations between job growth and losses. Nursing care lost 1,500 jobs last month, after adding 2,600 in May and shedding even more than that in April. Residential mental health made 2,100 new hires last month, after shedding 400 in May and gaining 1,500 in April.
On a national basis, the unemployment rate ticked up to 4% last month, even after dropping slightly in May. The BLS provided the caveat that the unemployment rate had been 4.3% a year earlier, when there were 7 million unemployed Americans, up from the current 6.6 million.
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