Outpatient healthcare jobs bolster U.S. employment in November
30,000 healthcare jobs were added in November, while monthly employment growth averaged 24,000 in 2017.
Around a quarter of a million jobs were created throughout the United States in November, with particularly high growth in the education and healthcare industries, as well as professional and business services.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation Summary for November reports 228,000 jobs were added last month. Healthcare saw an increase of 30,000 jobs in November, most (83%) in ambulatory care.
Ambulatory care or outpatient care includes diagnosis, observation, consultation, treatment, intervention, and rehabilitation services, both at home and in the hospital or via outpatient care facilities and centers.
The statistics revealed that employment growth in health care has averaged around 24,000 additional jobs each month in 2017, compared with an average increase of 32,000 per month in 2016.
Another sector which performed well in November was professional and business services, adding 46,000 jobs. The data reveals that between November 2016 and November 2017, the industry has added 548,000 jobs.
There were 31,000 manufacturing jobs created last month, mostly in the areas of machinery and fabricated metal products. Over the last 12 months, employment in the manufacturing industry has risen by 189,000 jobs.
Total employment growth has averaged 174,000 jobs per month this year. This figure remains slightly below last year’s average monthly gains of 187,000 jobs each month.
Employment in most other major industries, including mining, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, saw minor movements.
The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1% in November, while the number of unemployed persons remained unchanged at 6.6 million. This rate has slipped 0.5% over the last 12 months, down 799,000 people since 2016.
In October 2017, food and drink workers raised their glasses to salute a slew of new jobs. Employment in the sector served up 89,000 new positions after losing 98,000 in September after Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma.
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