Healthcare wasn't immune to a slowdown in overall U.S. job creation in March. The sector created 6,900 fewer jobs compared with the previous month, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The 23,400 jobs the healthcare sector created for the month was close, however, to the 12-month average. The total healthcare jobs created in March represent 27% of the 88,000 U.S. jobs added in overall nonfarm employment. Healthcare also was one of the highlights for the sluggish month. The number of retail trade jobs, for example, decreased by 24,000, according to the BLS.