Health Care Jobs Report May 2012
While the overall jobs report was a disappointment last month, health care continues to have positive job growth with 33,000 new jobs created in May. In total, 69,000 people found jobs which is the lowest total reported in a year and 642,000 people joined the job search which is the largest growth in those looking for work in 5 years.
According to the United States Department of Labor, the occupations with the most jobs added in May were ambulatory health care services, which includes offices of physicians and outpatient care centers. This sector rose by 23,000 over the month. Over the year, health care employment has risen by 340,000.
Jobs added in May by health care sector:
Health care and social assistance: 16,968.3 (34 increase over April)
Health care: 14,343.7 (32.8 increase over April)
Ambulatory health care services: 6,334.7 (22.8 increase over April)
Offices of physicians: 2,426.6 (9.9 increase over April)
Outpatient care centers: 655.8 (4.6 increase over April)
Home health care services: 1,190.9 (6.9 increase over April)
Hospitals: 4,814.2 (4.5 increase over April)
Nursing and residential care facilities: 3,194.8 (5.5 increase over April)
Nursing care facilities: 1,660.5 (-0.4 increase over April)
These figures are from the Seasonally adjusted section of the Bureau of Labor Statistic's Table B-1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry sector and selected industry detail
Nurses and health care professionals are in high demand as 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the United States leaving many health care jobs vacant while requiring more health care services. 315,000 health care jobs added last year and nursing is the health care industry's largest and most in-demand sector. A registered nurse can earn $60,000 a year and work towards an executive position with salaries over $200,000.