The U.S. economy added 75,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate remained near a 50-year low of 3.6%. The healthcare industry contributed one-fifth of all jobs last month, adding 15,700 jobs. Ambulatory healthcare continued to dominate job growth within the healthcare sector, adding 12,200 jobs. Hospital payrolls grew by 3,000.
The U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate dropped to a 49-year low of 3.6%. The healthcare industry contributed 27,000 new jobs to the economy last month, with 17,200 new jobs in ambulatory care and another 8,300 jobs in hospital settings.
Job growth rebounded in March, with the economy adding 196,000 jobs last month. Healthcare accounted for a quarter of all job creation in March, growing by 49,100 new jobs last month. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.8%. The healthcare sector has added 398,000 jobs in the last 12 months.
While overall U.S. employment remained relatively unchanged in February growing by 20,000 new jobs, the healthcare sector itself added 20,800 jobs last month. Growth within healthcare was primarily in the ambulatory care sector, which grew by 15,500 jobs. Employment in professional and business services and wholesale trade continued to trend up, while construction employment decreased. The unemployment rate dipped slightly to 3.8%.
The U.S. added a strong 304,000 new jobs in January, while the unemployment rate edged up to 4.0%. The healthcare sector contributed 41,000 of the new jobs last month, with growth distributed primarily between hospitals (18,800) and ambulatory care (22,100).
The U.S. economy ended 2018 on a strong note, adding a ten-month record-breaking 321,000 jobs in December. Employment in healthcare rose by 50,000, with the bulk of gains taking place within the ambulatory care sector (38K).
Although the U.S. economy as a whole produced fewer-than-expected new jobs in November 2018, the Department of Labor reported that the healthcare sector continued to deliver job growth, adding 32,100 jobs and accounting for about 20% of all growth last month. Economists had been anticipating an overall growth of 198,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained unchanged once again at 3.7%.
The October 2018 Jobs Report delivered a stronger-than-expected display of economic growth, adding 250,000 new jobs last month. The healthcare sector contributed to the robust job creation, accounting for 35,600 of the jobs created and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%. The report also revealed that wages climbed 3.1% in the past 12 months, the fastest pace in 9 years.
While the Hurricane Florence likely impacted the overall pace of job creation in September with the economy adding 134,000 new jobs, the unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% last month. This is the lowest rate since 1969 and is indicative of near-full economic employment.
During the month of August, 201,000 new jobs were created throughout the United States and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.9%, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Report. Job growth spiked within the Healthcare sector, increasing by a total of 33,200 jobs, with 8,200 in the hospital space and another 21,100 in ambulatory care settings. Jobs within the healthcare industry have grown by 301,000 jobs over the course of the last year.