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Health care employment increased 407,000 over the year ended November 2016

December 05, 2016

Over the year ended November 2016, the health care industry added 407,000 jobs. Employment in ambulatory health care services (+254,000) and in hospitals (+133,000) both increased over the year.

Change in nonfarm payroll employment in the health care industry, seasonally adjusted, November 2015 to November 2016
Industry November 2015 employment November 2016 employment 12-month change 12-month percent change

Health care

15,267,000 15,674,000 407,000 2.7%

Ambulatory health care services

6,967,500 7,221,500 254,000 3.6

Offices of physicians

2,564,200 2,637,700 73,500 2.9

Offices of dentists

917,300 944,800 27,500 3.0

Offices of other health practitioners

823,700 879,800 56,100 6.8

Outpatient care centers

757,400 799,200 41,800 5.5

Medical and diagnostic laboratories

261,100 260,000 -1,100 -0.4

Home health care services

1,349,600 1,404,800 55,200 4.1

Other ambulatory health care services

294,200 295,200 1,000 0.3

Hospitals

4,987,600 5,120,600 133,000 2.7

Nursing and residential care facilities

3,311,900 3,331,900 20,000 0.6

Nursing care facilities

1,659,200 1,657,200 -2,000 -0.1

Residential mental health facilities

609,300 614,000 4,700 0.8

Community care facilities for the elderly

882,000 895,500 13,500 1.5

Other residential care facilities

161,400 165,200 3,800 2.4

Social assistance

3,562,300 3,647,400 85,100 2.4

Within ambulatory health care services, offices of physicians added 73,500 jobs and offices of other health practitioners added 56,100 over the year ended November 2016. Employment in medical and diagnostic laboratories (−1,100), other ambulatory health services (+1,000), nursing care facilities (−2,000), residential mental health facilities (+4,700), and other residential healthcare facilities (+3,800) changed little over the same period.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — November 2016" (HTML) (PDF). Charts and analysis of nonfarm employment data can be found in Current Employment Statistics Highlights: November 2016; for additional charts, see Graphics for Economic News Releases: The Employment Situation.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Health care employment increased 407,000 over the year ended November 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/health-care-employment-increased-407000-over-the-year-ended-november-2016.htm (visited December 09, 2019).

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