Healthcare once again stood out as a bright spot in the economy last month as the rest of the workforce ebbed beyond a 25-year high in unemployment. But seasonally adjusted employment figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the overall rate of job losses slowing in the American economy.
The healthcare industryincluding hospitals, physicians offices, and nursing homesposted the largest number of job gains of any job sector measured by the BLS for May, adding 23,500 jobs and staying in line with its average monthly job growth for 2009. The biggest gains overall in the healthcare sector came in home healthcare services, which added 7,300 employees to a workforce of about 1 million. Nearly every other sector of the economy lost jobs, as the 9.4% national unemployment rate continued to approach the previous high-water mark of 10.8% set in December 1982.