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Job figures show jump in doc-office hiring

By Ashok Selvam
Posted: October 7, 2011 - 2:30 pm ET

A surge in the number of jobs at physician offices in September highlights the 43,800 healthcare posts added in the month. Meanwhile, the country's unemployment rate once again held at 9.1%.

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Healthcare sector jobs increased 0.3% in September to a total of 14.2 million, according to preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the 12-month period ended in September, healthcare added an average of 29,500 jobs each month, according to seasonally adjusted figures. The industry grew by 359,600 jobs for the period, or a 2.6% increase.

Physician offices added 12,200 jobs in September, which represents a 0.51% increase since August when offices added 5,900 jobs, according to preliminary findings. That's the first month since November 2009 that physician offices have created more than 10,000 jobs. Physician offices have added 56,400 jobs over the 12-month period ended in September for an overall total of 2.4 million.

Hospitals also saw an increase in September at 0.28% or 13,300 new jobs compared with 7,500 in August. Hospitals have added 53,900 jobs during the 12-month period that ended last month. The total number of hospital jobs stands at 4.8 million.

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