The Sacramento Bee / McClatchy, May 23, 2014
In the dark hours of the Great Recession, it was one of the few economic bright spots. Week in, week out, the health care sector was adding jobs at a time when construction, manufacturing and retail hiring were mired in quicksand. Now, health care is a laggard. Health care hiring continues, but it's rising this year at a stubbornly slow annual rate of 1.4 percent, hit by a sluggish economic recovery, mandatory cuts in government spending and streamlining required by the Affordable Care Act. That's down from 1.6 percent in 2013, and 1.8 percent for 2012 and 2011.