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Job Growth Continues for Healthcare Sector

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 6, 2010

Healthcare created 215,300 jobs in 2009, and 763,400 jobs since the recession began in December 2007, BLS data show.

Job growth in the healthcare sector continues to be powered by ambulatory services, which accounted for 7,400 payroll additions in November, and 139,600 payroll additions in the first 11 months of 2010. Nursing and residential care facilities reported 3,800 payroll additions in November, and physicians' offices reported 500 payroll additions, BLS preliminary data show.

The larger economy gained 39,000 jobs in November, but the nation's jobless rate rose from 9.6% to 9.8% for the month. Since December 2009 nonfarm employment has increased by 946,000 jobs. However, 15.1 million people were unemployed in November, and 6.3 million of them were long-term unemployed who had been without a job for at least 27 weeks, BLS preliminary data show.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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