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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Once Again, Health Care Leads an Anemic Jobs Market

The WSJ Health Blog reports: 

The overall jobs picture is looking pretty dismal, with no net growth at all in nonfarm payrolls in August and the unemployment rate stuck at 9.1%. (Here’s the government’s press release on the report.).The health-care sector, however, continued to add jobs last month — some 29,700 positions, on top of a revised 29,800 new positions in July. Here’s the Bureau of Labor Statistics chart with all the details. As you can see, while jobs were added, growth was only about 0.2% from July’s base of about 14.1 million jobs.

Where exactly are those jobs coming from? That was a popular question when we reported on the health-care industry job growth seen in July. The stats permit us to see the specific industries that are hiring, but not the specific jobs. The BLS classifies under health care ambulatory health-care services — which includes doctors’ offices, outpatient-care centers and home health-care services — hospitals and nursing and residential-care facilities. Ambulatory services added 18,100 jobs in August, with doctors’ offices adding 5,600 positions, outpatient centers 1,400 jobs and home health-care 6,300 positions.

Hospitals, meantime, added 7,700 jobs while nursing and residential-care facilities added 3,900. Nursing homes specifically didn’t add any new jobs last month. As the WSJ reports, health-care companies are at the top of’s  September hiring outlook.


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