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Healthcare adds 46,000 jobs in May as overall US hiring slows

Overall, the U.S. economy added 38,000 jobs in the month, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent.

Healthcare businesses added 46,000 jobs in May, standing out in a month where job growth slowed across most industries, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Overall, the U.S. economy added 38,000 jobs in the month, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent.

Following a strong April, when healthcare 44,000 jobs, May saw hospitals and ambulatory centers lead in creating those 46,000 jobs. Ambulatory healthcare services, which include physicians offices, outpatient centers and other non-hospital providers, added 23,500 jobs while hospitals added 16,500 jobs in the month.

[Also: Healthcare adds 44,000 jobs in April, hospitals lead in hiring]

Physician's offices added 9,000 jobs in the month.

Only medical laboratories lost positions in May, shedding 200 jobs in the month.

Here's the seasonally adjusted breakdown for healthcare sector hiring in May. All numbers are in thousands:

Industry May 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2016 Change
Industry May 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2016 Change
Healthcare 15,015.00 15,420.40 15,456.30 15,502.00 45.7
Ambulatory healthcare 6,842.20 7,061.00 7,075.90 7,099.40 23.5
Physicians offices 2,522.80 2,589.40 2,590.60 2,599.60 9
Dentists offices 905.8 930.4 933.4 935.9 2.5
Other healthcare offices 810.8 842.5 847.3 852.7 5.4
Outpatient care centers 744.6 767.2 770.8 772.8 2
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 257.6 258.8 258.8 258.6 -0.2
Home healthcare services 1,313.20 1,379.60 1,382.50 1,388.10 5.6
Other ambulatory healthcare 287.5 292.9 292.5 291.7 -0.8
Hospitals 4,885.60 5,041.80 5,061.20 5,077.70 16.5
Nursing and residential care facilities 3,287.20 3,317.60 3,319.20 3,324.90 5.7
Nursing care facilities 1,648.10 1,652.10 1,653.40 1,658.10 4.7
Residential mental health facilities 606 613.9 613.8 614.5 0.7
Community care facilities for the elderly 870.8 888.7 889.3 889.4 0.1
Other residential care facilities 162.3 162.9 162.7 162.9 0.2

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