Healthcare hiring increased substantially in June, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data published Friday.
Employers in the sector added an estimated 56,700 jobs, up from 15,300 in May, preliminary data show. The industry contributed 15.2% of the 372,000 hires made across the economy in June and added the third-most jobs among all categories.
Over the past year, healthcare employers have added 302,400 jobs. The industry is down 176,000 positions, about 1.1%, from February 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began in the U.S. Healthcare employment has continued on an upward trend toward its pre-pandemic level for nearly a year.
The BLS also revised its April and May data. Healthcare companies made 15,300 fewer hires in those months than previously reported, according to the agency. Overall, the economy added 74,000 fewer jobs in April and May than the BLS originally estimated.
Hospitals continued their resurgence and led the healthcare industry with 20,500 hires, reaching their highest employment level during the COVID-19 pandemic.