The healthcare sector continued to create jobs in November, albeit at a slower pace than previous months in 2011, with 17,200 jobs added, tempering the news that the nation's unemployment rate dropped to 8.6%.
Healthcare adds jobs, but pace weakens
The drop in the country's unemployment rate comes after two months of holding steady. The unemployment rate in September and October stood at 9.1%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Preliminary seasonally adjusted figures from the bureau showed jobs in healthcare rose 0.12% in November, for 14.2 million jobs total. That's the fewest amount of jobs created since January, which saw 13,400 positions created, a 0.1% change from the previous month.
Jobs in home healthcare actually dropped by 0.2% in November, losing 1,800 jobs from October for 1.1 million total jobs. The job growth that physician offices enjoyed in recent months also slowed to 0.1%, with 2,700 new jobs for a total of 2.4 million. Hospital jobs remained about the same at 4.8 million. That includes an addition of 8,700 jobs (0.18%) in November, 700 more than in October.
For the 12-month period ending in November, healthcare created an average of 28,336 jobs monthly, growing by a total of 322,700 over that time.
Other areas of jobs growth include outpatient-care centers, which added 2,700 jobs for a 0.4% increase from October. Ambulatory-care jobs also rose by 4,700, a 0.08% rise.
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