While last month's overall jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was decidedly mixed, with only 69,000 jobs added and a slight uptick in unemployment, the health care sector continued to outperform the rest of the economy in job creation, a new report from the Center for Sustainable Health Spending finds. In May, health care employment rose by 33,000, above the sector's 24-month average of 25,000. Most of the positions added were in ambulatory care, which saw a growth of 23,000 jobs; hospitals added 4,500 positions.
Among the other findings:
- Over the last 12 months, health care employment has grown by 340,000 jobs, or 2.4 percent.
- Physician's offices added 10,000 jobs; 7,000 jobs, meanwhile, were added in home health care.
- Since December 2007, the health care sector has added 1.2 million new positions — a growth rate of 9.5 percent — while non-health care employment has fallen by 6.2 million, or 5 percent overall.
- As a share of total employment, the health care sector now stands at 10.8 percent, up from 9.5 percent in December 2007.
- Ambulatory services account for 44 percent of overall health care employment, with hospitals standing at 34 percent and nursing and residential care facilities accounting collectively for 22 percent.