Healthcare hiring accelerated in April even as ongoing staff shortages continue to challenge the industry, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data published Friday.
Employers in the sector added an estimated 34,300 jobs last month, up from 23,300 in March, preliminary data show. The healthcare industry contributed to 428,000 hires made across the economy in April.
Physician offices, home health providers and hospitals saw the largest gains among healthcare employers.
Over the past year, the healthcare sector has added 229,000 jobs. While the industry is still down 250,000 positions, about 1.5%, from February 2020, healthcare employment is the highest it has been since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.
Physician practices added 9,800 jobs and home health providers hired 7,800 workers last month. Both subsectors employ more people than prior to the pandemic.
Hospitals made 4,500 hires, but are still down nearly 100,000 jobs since COVID-19 arrived.