Hiring in the healthcare sector had been gradually trending upward since summer 2017 until it began to plummet in April and again in May.
Last month's healthcare hiring—15,700 new jobs—was the weakest since September 2017. May saw 42% fewer hires than in April and 69% fewer than in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest jobs report, released Friday.
The federal government retroactively revised its March hiring upward to 49,900 jobs added, which means that month now tops December 2018's historic high, a number the government has since revised down. March now holds the record for the most new hires since at least February 1990, the earliest month in Modern Healthcare's monthly jobs data.