Health Care Job Growth Defies Hiring Trends

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The health care sector continues to go against the hiring trend, adding 29,700 positions in August of 2011 despite the lack of job growth in all U.S. markets for that same time period, according to a report issued Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health care industry employment has grown by 306,000 jobs over the past 12 months, the report indicates.

Health care job gains in August were biggest in the ambulatory care and hospital sub-segments. The former saw the addition of approximately 18,100 positions, while employment at hospitals rose by 7,700.

Moreover, home health care services ranked as the dominant job growth area in ambulatory care, with 6,300 jobs joining the roster. Physicians’ offices added 5,600 jobs, while outpatient care centers increased employment by 1,400 jobs, the report shows.

Hiring activity in the nursing home and residential care facility arena also increased in August, with 3,900 jobs added.

Overall, total non-farm payroll employment remained the same in August, and the national unemployment rate held steady at 9.1%. The rate has changed little since April, and the total number of unemployed persons rose incrementally to 14.0 million.

To read the press release and a summary of the report, click here: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm