For the second time in 2021, healthcare hiring crossed into negative territory, the latest jobs report show.
Healthcare employment contracted by an estimated 4,900 jobs in August, preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show. That's after a healthy rebound in July that saw 29,100 new hires.
Home health saw the biggest losses last month, as an estimated 11,600 jobs disappeared. These providers have struggled even more than others to recover since employment plummeted early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nursing homes and residential mental health facilities continued to bleed jobs in August, shrinking by an estimated 6,900 and 7,100, respectively. Community care facilities for older people, another sector hard hit by job losses, shed another 2,600 jobs in August.