Healthcare added 22,600 jobs last month as the nation's unemployment rate fell to a low not seen since the early months of the Great Recession.
Overall healthcare employment in September reached 14.8 million jobs, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figures are seasonally adjusted and preliminary for the past two months. The economy added 248,000 jobs last month and unemployment rate dipped to 5.9%, the first time the rate has fallen below 6% since August 2008. The unemployment rate hovered at 5% as the Great Recession began in December 2007 and climbed to 9.5% through the 18-month downturn.
Healthcare organizations hired steadily through the recession, though recent hiring trends show hospital hiring has cooled while ambulatory-care employment has accelerated.