Report: Healthcare jobs on the rise again
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
In a bit of a surprise, the U.S. jobs report for April showed a huge jump from the previous month — 211,000 non-farm jobs added last month, compared to 79,000 in March. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the number of jobs predicted was pegged at about 185,000.
Healthcare jobs added a significant portion, too. Healthcare hiring in April saw the addition of 19,500 jobs. These jobs in April put sector employment at about 15.7 million.
In its analysis of the BLS report, Modern Healthcare says much of the work was added in the ambulatory and home settings — physician offices created about 6,900 jobs and home health providers another 4,700. Hospitals hired 4,200 workers.
"That was a reversal from March when hospitals produced the most jobs with 8,700 new positions compared to 6,800 in an ambulatory setting," the site noted.
Both the national unemployment rate (4.4 percent) and the number of unemployed people (7.1 million) saw only incremental changes last month, falling from 4.5 percent. The unemployment rate dropped to levels that were last seen in 2007, before the recession hit, NPR says.
"Over the year, the unemployment rate has declined by 0.6 percentage point, and the number of unemployed has fallen by 854,000," the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) released the following statement in response to the Department of Labor's April 2017 jobs report:
"This report shows our economy is making progress, and I'm confident we will accelerate this progress as we continue working with President Trump on our pro-growth agenda. Just yesterday, the House took a major step forward by repealing nearly $1 trillion of Obamacare's crushing taxes and mandates that have hurt workers and families and stifled job creation. We also laid the foundation for a robust, free-market healthcare system based on competition, innovation and choice — key drivers for a stronger economy."
The BLS report says the unemployment rate for black workers is now below 8 percent, after being at nearly 9 percent one year ago. Hispanic workers were at 5.2 percent unemployment, down from more than 6 percent in April of 2016.
Under Trump, there have now been 522,000 jobs added in his first three full months in office.
However, will healthcare hiring freeze with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which is what Trump and the Republican majority in the House and Senate are attempting to push? One key Democrat thinks so.
"April's jobs report shows the economy continues moving forward. However, neither the economy nor America's families can afford the devastating health cost increases of Trumpcare," Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-California), House minority leader, said in a statement. "Trumpcare will force cuts that would shutter rural hospitals and destroy 2 million jobs across the country."
Brady countered by adding, "House Republicans will continue to take action that creates more jobs, increases paychecks and improves lives across the country. With the President, the Senate and the House moving forward on pro-growth tax reform, this year is our best opportunity in a generation to deliver the results the American people deserve."
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