Hospitals lead in hiring as healthcare adds 44,000 jobs in April

Nearly 20,000 new jobs in outpatient settings.
By Henry Powderly
04:18 PM

In another big surge for healthcare hiring, the industry added 44,000 jobs in April -- representing more than a quarter of the 160,000 jobs created that month, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Overall, the U.S. unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent.

[Also: Healthcare adds 37,000 jobs in March]

Hospitals lead the hiring for the month, adding 22,900 jobs in the month. Meanwhile, ambulatory services added 19,300 jobs.

Among ambulatory services, outpatient care centers added the most at 6,400 new jobs while physicians offices added 2,000 jobs. Only residential mental health facilities shed jobs in the month, losing 1,600 positions.

Healthcare has added 502,000 jobs over the past 12 months, the Labor Department said.

Here's the seasonally adjusted breakdown for healthcare sector hiring in April. All numbers are in thousands:

Industry April 2015 Feb. 2015 March 2015 April 2016 Change
Industry April 2015 Feb. 2015 March 2015 April 2016 Change
Healthcare 14,962.40 15,387.30 15,420.20 15,464.40 44.2
Ambulatory healthcare 6,807.60 7,036.10 7,059.10 7,078.40 19.3
Physicians offices 2,515.90 2,581.90 2,588.00 2,590.00 2
Dentists offices 904.4 928.5 929.4 931.2 1.8
Other healthcare offices 804.1 838.4 842.2 846.2 4
Outpatient care centers 738.2 764.8 767.1 773.5 6.4
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 255.6 257.2 259.1 260.3 1.2
Home healthcare services 1,303.40 1,372.40 1,379.80 1,383.30 3.5
Other ambulatory healthcare 286.2 293.1 293.5 293.9 0.4
Hospitals 4,871.00 5,033.30 5,042.50 5,065.40 22.9
Nursing and residential care facilities 3,283.80 3,317.90 3,318.60 3,320.60 2
Nursing care facilities 1,647.90 1,654.10 1,652.00 1,653.80 1.8
Residential mental health facilities 606.3 612.8 613.9 612.3 -1.6
Community care facilities for the elderly 866.3 888 889.4 891.4 2
Other residential care facilities 163.3 163.1 163.3 163.2 -0.1

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