Hiring in the healthcare industry slipped 21% in August over the prior month, with noteworthy declines in the ambulatory sector.
Healthcare added 23,900 jobs last month, compared with its 30,400 new hires in July, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest jobs report, released Friday. The healthcare sector has added 392,000 jobs over the past 12 months.
Overall employment rose by 130,000 jobs in August, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7%. Healthcare hiring trailed that of the federal government in August, which made 28,000 new hires last month. Some of the increase was driven by temporary federal government hiring ahead of the 2020 Census.
Within healthcare, ambulatory services made 12,100 new hires in August, down from almost 29,000 in July, a month in which it comprised almost all new healthcare hiring. In August, by contrast, new hires in the ambulatory services sector comprised 51% of healthcare job growth.