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Healthcare Sector Jobs Unchanged in November

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   December 03, 2021

Employment in the healthcare sector only saw 2,000 additional jobs added in the month.

The healthcare sector faced about unchanged employment numbers in November, according to the newest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment report, issued Friday morning.

The healthcare sector saw only 2,000 added jobs in November. There were 16 million people attached to the healthcare sector workforce in November, according to BLS.

Nursing and residential care facilities saw a loss of 11,000, hospitals lost almost 4,000 jobs, while ambulatory healthcare services continued their positive trend and added 17,000 jobs.

Employment in health care is down 450,000 jobs since February 2020. Nursing and residential care facilities are accounted for nearly all of the loss.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose only 210,000 in November, which decreased the overall employment rate by 0.2 of a percentage point, bringing unemployment to 4.2% in the U.S., BLS reported. This means unemployed persons fell 542,000 to a total of 6.9 million.

The bureau also noted that 11.3% of employees teleworked in November because of the pandemic, which is 0.3 of a percentage point less than the month prior.

The BLS report accounts for employment in mid-November and can be subject to considerable revision.

In September, the change in total nonfarm payroll employment was revised up to 379,000, and October was revised up to 546,000, BLS reports. With these revisions, employment in September and October is 82,000 higher than was previously reported.

Melanie Blackman is the strategy editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

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