Physician office hiring continued last month, adding 5,000 jobs, or a 0.2% bump, to bring overall employment to 2.26 million, preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show. For the 12 months ended in May, doctor offices hired 68,900 workers, up 3.1% for the period.
Hospitals added 14,000 workers in May, a 0.3%, increase, even as the nations overall nonfarm employment fell for the fifth straight month. Hospital employment climbed to 4.63 million in May, adding 132,100 jobs in the prior 12 months, an increase of 2.9%. The figures are seasonally adjusted. Meanwhile, the agency reported that nonfarm employers cut 49,000 jobs last month. -- by Melanie Evans