Ambulatory care led the way in August with 26,600 jobs, the most jobs added since December when ambulatory added 38,100 jobs. Jobs at physician offices rebounded in August by adding 6,000, the most since April's addition of 6,900. Home healthcare performed well with an increase of 9,500, the largest increase of the year and nearly twice July's figure of 4,900.
But hospitals added only 900 jobs in August, still better than July when hospital jobs decreased by 1,300. So far this year, three out of eight months have seen decreases at hospital jobs, as the sector saw losses of 4,400 jobs in January and 9,000 in May.
Hospitals weren't alone in sluggish performance. Job creation at outpatient-care centers slowed to 2,500 for the month. That's the fewest since April's 2,200.
Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported healthcare added 2,500 jobs for July. But because of an update in the preliminary and seasonally adjusted numbers released Friday morning (PDF), that number spiked to 11,600.
Overall, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 169,000, according to the bureau. Healthcare joined retail trade as the two major industries that saw job increases in August, the BLS noted.
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