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