Hospital hiring makes big jump, but overall healthcare numbers still lower than May
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Healthcare saw another increase in the number of jobs added in June, and hospitals in particular experienced a plethora of new blood joining their ranks, up 71 percent from the previous month.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' newest jobs report, healthcare has added 309,000 jobs in the last 12 months. Hospitals hired 10,600 new professionals last month.
Overall, the U.S. healthcare sector added 25,200 jobs in June, which was actually lower than the 28,900 jobs it added in May, and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 4 percent. May was lower.
BLS noted that the unemployment rate had been 4.3 percent from a year earlier when there were 7 million unemployed Americans. The current "official" number is 6.6 million unemployed Americans.
Hospital hiring has been slow for months. There were 6,200 new hires in May; 8,000 new hires in April; and almost 10,000 in March.
In the ambulatory market, the sector also made many new hires last month, adding 13,500 jobs, or a 25 percent increase, but still lower than the 18,000 practice-based employees in May. Within the ambulatory sector, offices of other health practitioners saw the highest growth, adding 3,900 new jobs. Physician's offices made 3,200 new hires in June, a 26 percent dip from the previous month's hiring.
Nursing care and residential mental health facilities continue fluctuating between job growth and losses. Nursing care lost 1,500 jobs last month after adding 2,600 in May. It lost more in April.
Residential mental health made 2,100 new hires in June 2018 after losing about 400 in May. That sector gained 1,500 jobs in April.
According to BLS, overall U.S. employment showed "little or no change over the month in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government."
The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.5 hours in June. In June, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 5 cents to $26.98.
Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 72 cents, or 2.7 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $22.62 in June.
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for April was revised up from 159,000 to 175,000, and the change for May was revised up from 223,000 to 244,000. With these revisions, employment gains in April and May combined were 37,000 more than previously reported. After revisions, job gains have averaged 211,000 per month over the last 3 months.
During the Trump administration’s first 17 months, average hourly earnings for all private sector employees rose nearly 4 percent. The economy gained about 3.2 million jobs, at an average rate of 189,176 jobs per month, and the unemployment rate dropped 0.8 of a percentage point.
The largest private sector job gains have been in education and health services.
The following graphic from Freedom Partners shows what job numbers under Trump say about the state of the U.S. labor market, and how the Trump administration is tracking.
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