Hospitals in August posted their strongest job growth in two years, reversing recent trends and leading the wider pattern among U.S. industries of better-than-expected employment figures last month.
Hospital job growth strongest in two years
Hospitals hired 8,600 new employees in August, for a monthly growth rate of 0.2% in a workforce of 4.7 million, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was the largest one-month jump since August 2008, when 11,300 people were hired. The latest figures mean hospitals have hired 46,400 workers in the past 12 months, for an annual growth rate of 1%.
The overall healthcare sector, including hospitals, added 28,200 workers or 0.2% to a workforce of 13.8 million people, the bureau reported. That was the strongest one-month gain since November 2008, leaving the sector's 12-month growth rate at 1.7%. Healthcare has added 240,000 workers in the past year, or 1.78% growth.
Physician offices added 5,300 employees in August, or 0.2% in a workforce of 2.3 million. That was the best showing in 2010 for doctors' offices. Since August 2009, physicians have added 39,900 workers, growing the field by 1.8%.
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