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Who is leading the health care job boom?

The health care industry added 45,200 jobs in April, and hospitals accounted for more than a quarter of that total. According to reports from the Burea...

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|May 11|magazine4 min read

The health care industry added 45,200 jobs in April, and hospitals accounted for more than a quarter of that total.

According to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment at hospitals increased by 11,800 last month, a 0.2 percent uptick from March and a 1.8 percent from April 2014.

The number of layoffs at hospitals and health systems has been less common than in previous years. Nursing homes and residential care facilities are also faring better, adding a total of 8,100 employees in April after reducing $8,000 jobs over the two previous months.

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Jobs in ambulatory care settings are up around 4 percent from April last year, with physician offices adding 9,300 employees, outpatient centers adding 3,400 and home-health agencies adding 2,700.

Overall, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dipped slightly from 5.5 percent in March to 5.4 percent in April.  

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