Ambulatory services jobs grew by 22,600 positions in June, but that sector didn't add as many jobs as it did the past two months, according to seasonally adjusted numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Growth in ambulatory jobs, which include home healthcare services and outpatient-care centers, reached its year-to-date peak in May, when the sector added 29,000 jobs. That was a leap from April, when 23,600 jobs were added.
Employment fluctuation always occurs, but the overall trend for ambulatory job numbers is up, said Phillip Miller, vice president of communications at Merritt Hawkins. Some ambulatory centers may be pausing to consider their next move, but the upward trend will continue, he said.
“We're moving away from a hospital-centric model philosophy where the goal is to be everywhere all the time,” Miller said. “You used to see Blockbuster (video stores) and now you see an urgent-care center on every corner.”
Elsewhere, nursing homes added 6,900 jobs in June. Outpatient care added 2,500 jobs, and home health hired 5,300 more people.
Healthcare overall added 40,100 jobs last month, but that growth was still down 15.6% from an updated figure of 47,500 healthcare jobs created in May.
Hospitals continued to create employment opportunities last month, adding 10,600 jobs, but that was a 25.4% decrease from May.
Overall, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs—about 1 in 6 were in healthcare—and the unemployment rate declined to 5.3% in June from 5.5% in May.