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Healthcare gains 42,000 jobs in January, led by ambulatory services

February 05, 2019 / Jeff Lagasse

The healthcare industry didn't add as many jobs in January as it did in December, but that's partly because December was a record month. The last month of 2018 saw 52,000 jobs added, while 42,000 more were added in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ambulatory services led the way in January, tacking 22,000 more jobs into the sector, while hospitals gained 19,000 jobs. That far outpaced December, in which hospitals only gained 7,400 jobs. The healthcare industry has added 368,000 jobs overall over the past 12 months, enough to account for about 11 percent of the country's jobs -- a number that's expected to hit 18 percent by 2026 as the population ages.