Healthcare employment was more resilient than expected in January as companies picked up hiring even as COVID-19 hospitalizations reached a record high.
Healthcare companies added an estimated 18,000 jobs in the first month of 2022, up from 14,300 in December, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report issued Friday. The industry's strong showing contributed to 467,000 new jobs recorded across the economy, which was far more than economists projected.
Physician clinics, dental offices and hospitals accelerated hiring during a difficult month for the healthcare sector. During the latter part of January, hospitalizations hit an all-time high, although they've since receded.
The latest jobs report includes significant revisions to the Bureau of Labor Statistics previous estimates. The agency now says healthcare employers added 14,300 jobs in December after originally reporting the sector lost 3,100 jobs that month. Likewise, the Bureau of Labor Statistics updated its findings from December for the entire economy: Instead of 199,000 hires that month, there were 510,000, according to the revised data.