Healthcare adds 18k jobs in January

The healthcare industry added 18,300 jobs last month, with hospitals contributing 4,200 to that total, according to the most recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here are five things to know.

1. January marked a month of slower job growth for healthcare, as the industry added 41,000 jobs in December, according to the BLS.

2. Ambulatory healthcare services showed the biggest employment growth in the industry last month, with employment growing by 11,000 in places like physician offices (800 jobs), outpatient care centers (4,800 jobs) and home healthcare services (4,500 jobs).

3. Medical and diagnostic laboratories, nursing care facilities and "other ambulatory healthcare services" recorded job losses in January.

4. In the last 12 months, the healthcare industry added 374,000 jobs.

5. Overall, the nation's unemployment rate, at 4.8 percent, changed little in January. Total nonfarm payroll employment grew by 227,000.



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