Ambulatory health care services led health care jobs creation in October, accounting for more than 80 percent of new health care jobs. Employers in the ambulatory sector added 25,000 of 31,000 total health care jobs created by U.S. employers that month, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
The ambulatory health care services sector includes physician offices, outpatient care centers and home health care services, according to the report. Hospitals added second-highest number of jobs, with 6,000 added in October. Nursing home and residential care jobs declined slightly, with 600 fewer positions created than in September.
In the past 12 months, health care has added a total of 296,000 new jobs, with 45,000 jobs added in September alone. Other sectors experiencing a rise in employment numbers include professional and business services and retail trade. Health care accounted for 18 percent of all new jobs added in October.
The 7.9 percent unemployment rate held steady in October, following declines in September. The nation’s employers added a total of 171,000 jobs in October, more jobs than the Bureau of Labor Statistics initially estimated in August and September.