Health Jobs Grow Twice as Fast in April as Other Jobs

Of the 223,000 jobs added in April, 45,000 were in health services, according to the latest Employment Situation Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health services employment rose by 0.30 percent monthly, while other nonfarm, civilian employment grew only 0.14 percent. This continues the trend seen in March. As shown in Table 1, jobs in ambulatory settings accounted for well over half of health jobs.

Longer-term jobs in ambulatory settings accounted for just under half of health jobs in the last year, as shown in Table 2. Obamacare seems to be juicing jobs in the health services sector, which continues to challenge repeal efforts. Hospitals, especially, are relentlessly lobbying for its survival and expansion.

John R. Graham is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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