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Healthcare added more jobs than other sectors in 2018, and the growth outlook is strong

January 15, 2019 / Jeff Lagasse,

A lot of jobs were created in the U.S. in 2018, and healthcare accounted for 346,000 of them, for an average of 29,000 jobs per month. That's an increase over the 2017 total of 284,000 healthcare jobs created. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest data, the jobs created in the healthcare sector are enough to account for one in seven new jobs in the U.S. in 2018. Among those new healthcare jobs, 219,000 of them were in ambulatory services and 107,000 were new hospital jobs. Those numbers were boosted by a strong December, with the sector as a whole adding 50,000 jobs during the month -- 38,000 in ambulatory services and 7,000 in hospitals.