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Healthcare Gains 20,000 Jobs in November

By December 7, 2012

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The healthcare industry grew by 20,000 jobs in November, according to today's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. November's growth was slightly below the recent average industry growth of 26,000 new healthcare jobs monthly.

Hospitals added 8,000 jobs while nursing care facilities added 5,000.

Ambulatory care added a total of 4,700 jobs, including 1,700 medical office jobs. Job growth in outpatient care centers and home health care services remained relatively flat, adding just 100 jobs and 300 jobs respectively.

The unemployment rate in the healthcare industry stands at 5.2 percent as of November, which is exactly the same rate as last year at this time, and is much lower than the nation's current overall unemployment rate of 7.7 percent.

Since November of 2011, the healthcare industry has added about 313,100 jobs.

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