Hospitals have been holding a lot more meet-and-greets for new hires this year, and it's unclear when those might slow down.
Hospitals and health systems added 15,900 jobs in August, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, appropriately released before the Labor Day weekend. Hospitals created more than 100,000 jobs in the first eight months of this year alone.
The 15,900 people added to hospital payrolls last month was more than most other industry sectors. For example, it was more than double the net job gains from the entire transportation and warehousing industry.
The growth comes despite industry predictions from earlier this year that hospitals would miss out on the hiring spree in healthcare. However, admissions have increased at many health systems this year, which appear to have spurred human resource departments to scale up staffing.