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Healthcare Sector Adds Jobs in May 2023

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   June 02, 2023

Healthcare once again remained among the top sectors experiencing monthly job growth.

The healthcare sector once again is trending up in job growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) latest employment situation summary.

The healthcare sector added 52,000 jobs during the month of May, much in line with the job growth reported monthly so far this year. This brings the sector's average monthly job gain over the past 12 months up to 50,000.

The ambulatory sector saw experienced the most job growth during the month adding 25,000 jobs. Additionally, hospitals added 20,00 jobs, and nursing and residential care facilities experienced an addition of 9,000 jobs.

So far this year, the healthcare sector has added:

The healthcare sector joined the professional and business services, government, construction, transportation and warehousing, and social assistance sectors in experiencing the most job growth during the month.

Total nonfarm payroll employment added 339,000 jobs in May, according to the BLS. This brings the unemployment rate up to 3.7%, with a 0.3% increase this past month.

Overall, total nonfarm payroll employment has an average monthly gain of 341,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Melanie Blackman is a contributing editor for strategy, marketing, and human resources at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

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