Jobs on the Rise in Health Care

According to an article published Nov. 5 in ModernHealthcare.com, the U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in October as other industries rejoined health care in creating new jobs, but national unemployment remained unchanged at 9.6 percent for the fifth consecutive month.

Health care employers added 24,100 jobs, or 0.2 percent, to a workforce of 13.8 million in October, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health care has added more than 23,000 jobs each month since July, while the overall economy posted a net job loss in those months. On an annualized basis, health care jobs grew by 239,300, or 1.8 percent, during the 12 months ending in October.

Medical BIlling and Coding Jobs

Hospitals in October added 5,100 jobs, or 0.1 percent, to a workforce of 4.7 million. Hospitals added 37,400 jobs in the 12 months ending last month, for annual growth of 0.8 percent.

Physicians’ offices last month added 2,700 jobs, or 0.1 percent, to their workforce of 2.3 million. Doctors’ offices have grown about twice as fast as hospitals in the past 12 months, adding 41,900, or 1.8 percent, to a workforce of 2.3 million.

Source: “Healthcare Industry Continues to Add Jobs,” by Joe Carlson, ModernHealthcare.com

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