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The Healthcare Careerist

Healthcare Remains No. 1 Source of U.S. Job Creation

Published 07 December 11 12:46 PM
The nation's unemployment rate fell last month to 8.6 percent from 9 percent, its lowest level since 2009 thanks in part to robust hiring in the healthcare industry. Healthcare remains the No. 1 source of job creation in the U.S. economy.

The healthcare sector created 17,200 jobs in November, an increase over the 11,600 jobs created in October, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Healthcare accounted for 14.3 percent of 120,000 new jobs created across all sectors last month. Overall, healthcare represented 24 percent of the 1.2 million non-farm jobs created this year.

Healthcare is expected to create 321,000 new jobs by year's end, representing a 22 percent increase over the number of healthcare jobs produced last year (263,400).

Where are the new healthcare jobs concentrated? Ambulatory services, which include physicians' offices, rehabilitation services, outpatient care, emergency care, dental practices and diagnostic services, accounted for 58 percent of new healthcare jobs so far this year. Hospitals created 83,200 new jobs this year.

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2 comments

Story of my life what you just described. I agree with you 100%. love how they keep throwing these articles at us yet I am not seeing jobs for new grads.

Angela, Nursing - RN January 2, 2012 10:38 AM
New Rochelle NY

I'd love to know just where these great new jobs are.  I worked so hard to become a RN & graduated this past May, and passed the NCLEX in August.  No stable job in sight.  I am so frustrated.  No one will hire a new grad RN.

Melissa, RN December 7, 2011 6:52 PM
Valley Stream NY

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