Healthcare employment inched up slightly in November—by 0.3%—just shy of its October growth rate.
The healthcare industry added 46,000 jobs last month as modest ambulatory gains were tempered by losses in the nursing home sector, according to preliminary numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday. That's down from 66,500 new hires in October.
The pace of hiring in healthcare, and across most employment sectors, recovered sharply in May and June after abrupt drops in March and April as companies shed workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, though, monthly growth has been sluggish.