Average monthly healthcare employment increased significantly so far in 2022 compared to the average 9k monthly gain in 2021.
Healthcare was once again one of the top sectors with notable job gains in November, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment situation summary.
Healthcare, which joined leisure and hospitality and government at the top, gained 45,000 jobs last month, with the most gains seen in the ambulatory healthcare sector (+23,000 jobs). Additionally, hospitals gained 11,000 jobs, and nursing and residential care facilities gained 10,000 jobs.
"While the October data show that hospitals and health systems continue to prioritize filling critical positions to care for their patients, they continue to experience unprecedented workforce pressures and historic inflationary cost pressures that have outpaced any growth in both volume and revenue," Aaron Wesolowski, American Hospital Association's vice president of policy research, analytics, and strategy, said in a statement about the job gains for hospitals.
So far this year the healthcare sector gained:
- 18,000 jobs in January
- 64,000 in February
- 8,000 in March
- 34,000 in April
- 28,000 in May
- 57,000 in June
- 70,000 in July
- 48,000 in August
- 60,000 in September
- 53,000 in October
Healthcare employment increased by an average of 47,000 job gains per month so far in 2022, which is well above the 9,000 average monthly job gains reported in 2021, according to BLS.
Total nonfarm payroll employment saw an increase of 263,000 jobs in November, which falls roughly in line with the 282,000 average job growth seen over the last three months.
Monthly nonfarm payroll job growth through 2022 has averaged 392,000 jobs per month. In 2021, total nonfarm payroll employment had a monthly job growth average of 562,000.
Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.