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Healthcare sees little hiring in October

By Ashok Selvam
Posted: November 4, 2011 - 1:00 pm ET

The healthcare industry saw little job creation in October, adding about 11,600 positions, while the overall U.S. unemployment rate was pegged at 9%.

Healthcare jobs held steady at 14.2 million with an increase of less than 0.1%, based on preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last month, the bureau reported the overall U.S. unemployment rate at 9.1%. Healthcare added an average of 27,957 jobs per month during the 12-month period ended in October, according to seasonally adjusted figures. During that period, the industry added 367,500 jobs, for a 2.7% hike since October 2010.

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Outpatient care centers saw the largest percentage increase, rising nearly 0.5% for 2,900 new jobs. Outpatient care employs about 630,000 people overall. Physician offices, which saw a large bump in September, continued to grow, albeit at a rate similar to other healthcare fields. Doctor offices added 2,200 jobs at about a 1% clip in October to a workforce of 2.4 million

Meanwhile, growth at hospital jobs slowed to less than 1%, adding 3,300 jobs for the month to a workforce of 4.8 million.

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