Healthcare employers added 23,800 jobs in February as physician offices and other ambulatory settings continued to propel the growth.
However, the month-over-month job growth last month was the lowest total since September, when healthcare gained 22,600 jobs. The slowdown may be explained in part by the severe winter weather that has ravaged most of the country, especially the East Coast.
Although ambulatory facilities and hospitals hired more workers in February, nursing homes and residential-care facilities cut jobs, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (PDF). Nursing homes and residential-care employment fell by 4,800. In January, nursing homes and residential-care facilities added 7,000 monthly jobs. The subsector still added 34,500 jobs in the year that ended in February, a 1% increase.