New jobs in the healthcare sector continued to grow in April, with the sector adding 19,000, reported the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today.
April’s growth in healthcare employment was led by gains in ambulatory healthcare services, which includes home healthcare services and doctors’ offices. The new numbers show a slight slowing in growth as compared to previous months. Healthcare has added an average of 28,000 jobs per month over the last 12 months.
In addition to growth in the healthcare field, employment in April rose in professional and business services and in retail trade.
Professional and business services added 62,000 jobs, retail trade added 29,000, food services and drinking places added around 20,000, and manufacturing added 16,000 jobs.
Employment decreased in the month of April by 17,000 for transportation and warehousing.
Overall, U.S. employers added 115,000 jobs in the month of April but the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent last month, BLS reported. The slight job growth last month is below the job increase of 154,000 in March.
While the unemployment rate fell last month, the decline was not due to job growth. The labor force participation rate, which is the percentage of adults working or looking for work, declined to 63.6 percent in April. This statistic shows that many people gave up looking for work last month.