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BLS: Healthcare Job Growth Inches Ahead

Lena J. Weiner, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2014

Job growth in the healthcare sector continues, but at a tempered pace.

In a month that has seen remarkable job growth in multiple sectors, healthcare can no longer be called one of only a few bright spots in the economy preliminary, federal data suggests.

The overall economy added 288,000 jobs in June, dropping the unemployment rate from 6.3% to 6.1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The healthcare sector added 21,000 jobs in June 2014, a figure in line with the average gain of 18,000 new healthcare jobs per month over the last year.

Predictably, the greatest growth was in ambulatory health care services, which added more than 13,000 new jobs. But the rate of growth, a 2.8% increase over June 2013, was modest. Nursing and residential care facilities also experienced relatively strong growth, with more than 6,000 jobs added. 

Within hospitals, 2,200 jobs were added. And outpatient care centers notched fewer than one thousand new jobs.