The ambulatory sector comprised three-quarters of healthcare's new hires last month, which is typical. Within that, physicians' offices added 16,100 jobs, a noteworthy improvement after having shed 700 jobs in October. Dentists' offices saw a rebound, too, adding 6,400 jobs after losing 3,600 in October. Home health grew by 8,500 jobs, compared with 4,200 last month. Outpatient care centers added 1,700 jobs, down from 3,400 in October.
The only ambulatory sector that lost jobs last month was in the offices of other health practitioners, which shed 2,400 jobs. Hospitals added 9,900 jobs in October, which is closer to the norm for the sector. Hospitals added just 2,100 jobs in October, which was abnormally low.
Residential mental health facilities added 1,200 jobs in November, and community care facilities for the elderly added 1,400 jobs. Medical and diagnostic laboratories added 2,100 jobs, down from 3,000 in October.
The healthcare sector has added 414,000 jobs over the past 12 months, according to the BLS.
Across all industries, manufacturing had the strongest November, having added 54,000 jobs. That marked a strong rebound after losing 43,000 in October. The BLS noted that the shift reflected the return of workers who were on strike in October. More than 76% of manufacturing's new hires were in motor vehicle parts. Leisure and hospitality also had a strong November, having added 45,000 jobs during the month. Professional and technical services added 30,600 jobs.
The overall unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5% in November compared with 3.6% in October. Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 266,000 jobs, far exceeding analysts' expectations and up significantly from an estimated 128,000 in October.
The BLS noted that job growth has averaged 180,000 per month in 2019, compared with an average monthly gain of 223,000 in 2018.