Healthcare job growth continued to drag in August as hospital hiring remained sluggish and physician offices added a mere 700 jobs.
Healthcare added 16,700 jobs last month, a gain of 0.1%, to bring the industry's total employment to 14.4 million jobs, according to seasonally adjusted estimates released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. All figures are preliminary. On average, healthcare hiring has increased 0.2% each of the past 12 months.
Healthcare accounted for 17% of the U.S. economy's job growth last month. The economy overall added 96,000 jobs, an increase of 0.1%. Unemployment slid downward to 8.1% from 8.3% the prior month.