Strong ambulatory-care hiring offset job losses at hospitals and nursing homes last month, with overall healthcare employment adding a mere 7,000 new jobs, according to the latest round of federal employment data.
Ambulatory care added 21,300 jobs, growing 0.3%. The sector's employment gains were primarily among doctors' offices and home-care providers, which account for more than half of ambulatory care's 6.7 million jobs. Doctors' offices added 7,500 jobs, bringing total employment in that setting to 2.5 million. Home care added 5,200 jobs to its payrolls. As of last month, home-care providers employed 1.3 million.The figures are seasonally adjusted and preliminary for the past two months.