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Job Growth Continues for Hospitals

Analysis  |  By Melanie Blackman  
   March 10, 2023

Over the past six months, on average, the healthcare sector has added 54,000 jobs.

The healthcare sector was once again among the top sectors that experienced job growth in February, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment situation summary.

In total, the healthcare sector added 44,000 jobs in February. Over the past six months, on average, the sector experienced an increase of 54,000 jobs.

In February, hospitals experienced the most growth in the sector, adding 19,000 jobs. Nursing and residential care facilities added 14,000 jobs, and the ambulatory gained 11,000 jobs.

Healthcare continues its steady job growth, starting the year off strong, adding 58,000 jobs in January, with significant growth experienced in the ambulatory healthcare sector (+30,000).

In 2022, healthcare added an average of 47,000 jobs per month in the sector.

Along with healthcare, notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, retail trade, and government, according to the BLS. Total nonfarm employment rose by 311,000 in February, bringing the unemployment rate up to 3.6%.

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

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