News Roundup: Healthcare Gains Jobs, CT Hospital Strike Continues

Ryan Chiavetta, December 9, 2013

Hospital and health system job growth looks strong, Connecticut sees its first hospital strike in 25 years, and a hospital worker convicted of infecting patients is sentenced in New Hampshire.



Healthcare Employment Shows Stronger than Average Gains
Back in September, jobs in healthcare were growing at a less than impressive rate, with only 6,000 new jobs created. Two months later, the healthcare job market has sprung to life, with over 28,000 healthcare jobs being created in the month of November.

November's jump marks an improvement over the rise in October (15,000 jobs created), and easily eclipses the monthly average for 2013, which has come in around 19,000 jobs created per month. The 28,000 jobs created is more in line with the 27,000 jobs per month that the healthcare industry was averaging in 2012. It's also the highest spike between months since the 41,000 job increase that occurred in August.

In terms of specifics, the biggest jump came in ambulatory healthcare services (+26,300) home healthcare services (+12,000) and offices of physicians (+7,000). Among the smaller boosts were hospitals, which only saw a 1,200 increase in jobs in November. While there was a notable drop occurred in nursing care facilities (-4000), nursing and residential care facilities saw a slight bump (+900).

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