The health care sector added 43,500 new jobs in September, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Job gains continued with the addition of more than 30,000 jobs in ambulatory health care services and more than 8,000 for hospitals.
Employment in health care has risen by 295,000 over the past year. Health care accounted for more than a third of the 114,000 jobs the U.S. economy added in September.
The nationwide unemployment rate declined to 7.8 percent in September, the first time in three years it dipped below 8 percent.
Hiring had been slow in July, with only 9,200 healthcare jobs added nationwide, but job growth had risen significantly since. Other lower-paid healthcare positions requiring fewer years of education are also in demand, according to the BLS. The agency forecasts that demand for home health care workers will grow 70 percent by 2020.