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Healthcare Job Creation, Confidence Diminish

Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2013

But coming health law mandates will increase demand for jobs, specifically in healthcare information technology. The implementation and training needed to meet Meaningful Use criteria is "one major factor that will fuel job growth in the industry in next year or two," said Steve McMahan, executive vice president of Randstad US, Professionals in a prepared statement.

Within healthcare, ambulatory care services continued to have the largest job growth in April, creating 13,600 jobs. This category includes 6,100 jobs in home healthcare services, 5,400 jobs in physician offices, and 900 jobs in outpatient care centers. The pace has slowed since last year, when ambulatory services created 15,400 new jobs in April. Hospitals created 2,700 jobs last month, and nursing and residential care facilities both added 2,700 jobs.

Revised BLS figures show the economy created 138,000 jobs in March and 332,000 jobs in February, the largest month for job growth since 2010.

Confidence Dips
In the first quarter of 2013, healthcare workers' confidence, although still positive, has also slightly diminished. The Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index reveals that half of healthcare workers surveyed (52%) think there are fewer jobs available in the industry, a seven point increase from the last quarter of 2012.

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