Healthcare employment rebounded somewhat in October after a dip in September.
The healthcare industry added an estimated 37,200 jobs in October after a slight decline in September, when the industry shed 1,000 jobs—a revised count that shows a much smaller decrease than the government's previous report. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published its latest preliminary jobs data on Friday.
The number of people working in healthcare surpassed 16 million for the first time since March 2020, a month before the COVID-19 pandemic began depressing employment in the sector. Healthcare employers were hit hard by pandemic-related shutdowns and have struggled to regain former staffing levels, especially as burned-out workers leave the field.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics dramatically undershot its September employment projections. The agency typically revises initial estimates in subsequent months as new data come in, but the chasm between September's projected and actual numbers were particularly wide. The agency originally reported that overall employment grew by 194,000 jobs in September, which it has now revised to 312,000. In healthcare, the government originally projected a decline of 17,500 jobs, which it later revised to just 1,000.