Healthcare added just 13,000 jobs in June, which was half of its average monthly growth rate in the past year but still comprised 16% of all new jobs in the national economy last month. Physician offices posted an overall loss of jobs, while hospitals showed a small gain.
Healthcare employment overall had one of its slowest months in a year, growing by 0.1% in June, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (PDF). Monthly growth has been averaging 0.2% since June 2011.
For the 12 months ended in June, healthcare has added 324,500 jobs to a workforce of 14.4 million, amounting to a 2.3% annual growth rate.