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News Brief: Healthcare jobs grow in February

Nurse Leader Insider, March 19, 2012

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A report from the Bureau of Labor statistics revealed that the healthcare industry added 49,000 jobs in February 2012. This follows an increase of 43,330 healthcare jobs in January, meaning that the industry has grown by nearly 100,000 this year. Healthcare experienced one of the highest percentages of growth compared to other industries, with hospitals seeing the largest growth percentage within the healthcare category.

Of the jobs added in February, 15,400 were in hospitals, 28,200 were jobs in ambulatory healthcare, and 5,400 jobs were added to nursing and residential care facilities. Though most of the healthcare industry saw growth, nursing-care facilities lost 2,400 jobs. The Bureau's report does not identify job growth by function, which makes it unclear, for example, whether the increase in hospital jobs came from additional physicians, nurses, or IT workers.

View the full report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 Source: The Wall Street Journal



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