Hospitals hired a net of 4,100 workers in July, bringing total hospital employment to more than 4.3 million workers, a 0.095% increase over June, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compared with July 2003, hospital employment increased by 76,400 workers. Employment in the full healthcare and social-assistance sector rose by 20,200 people in July to 14.2 million overall. The sector employed 292,000 additional workers in July compared with July 2003. Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate dropped to 5.5% in July from 5.6% in June. -- by Tony Fong
Hospital, healthcare employment continue to grow
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