Healthcare employers made more hires last month than during any period since September as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to steadily decline.
Healthcare companies added an estimated 63,500 jobs in February, up from 17,500 in the first month of 2022, according to preliminary data the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday. The industry contributed to a total of 678,000 new jobs across the economy.
Home health service providers, physician offices and other health practitioner clinics saw the largest increases among healthcare organizations last month. Physician and health practitioner offices have been on a stable hiring incline since January 2021 and are on track to hit their pre-pandemic growth trajectories.
The latest jobs data include revisions to previous reports. The Bureau of Labor Statistics now estimates that healthcare employers added 18,000 more jobs than the agency approximated in December and January.
Over the past year, the healthcare sector gained 219,800 jobs, although the industry is still down by 306,000 positions, about 1.9%, from its pre-pandemic level.