Healthcare added 29,700 jobs in August as the nation's overall hiring stalled and the U.S. unemployment rate held at 9.1%.
Healthcare adds jobs as unemployment holds at 9.1%
Healthcare employment increased 0.2% to total 14.1 million workers in August even as U.S. employment was unchanged, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The August figures are preliminary. All figures are seasonally adjusted. On average, healthcare added 25,500 jobs per month during the 12-month period ended in August. Total healthcare job growth for the period was 305,900, an increase of 2.2%.
Erratic hospital hiring through the summer months continued in August. Hospitals added 7,700 jobs last month, a gain of 0.2% but down from 11,000 new employees in July, preliminary figures show. Meanwhile, in June, hospitals cut 1,900 jobs, the first decline since a 1,500 reduction in July 2010.
Hospital hiring was up 74,100 workers for the year that ended in August, an increase of 1.6%, to total 4.8 million workers.
Physician offices added 5,600 workers in August for an increase of 0.2%. On average, physician offices hired 4,200 per month during the 12-month period ended in August. Some 50,800 jobs were added to physician-office payrolls during that period to bring total employment to 2.4 million. For the 12 months ended in August, physician-office hiring increased 2.2%.
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