Another 36,000 people found jobs in healthcare in December last year as the overall unemployment rate fell to 9.4%, the lowest in 19 months, according to new figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Healthcare employment up 0.3% in December
Hospitals accounted for 8,000 of the new healthcare jobs, while 21,000 were in ambulatory settings such as physician offices and outpatient centers. Nursing and residential-care facilities provided 7,000 jobs.
Overall healthcare employment grew 0.3% to 13.9 million in December and was up 1.6% over December 2009.
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