Employment in the U.S. healthcare sector continued its steady climb, increasing by approximately 9,300 jobs in June. The industry has gained 217,000 jobs over the past year.
According to the latest employment report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the biggest healthcare job gains were in ambulatory care, where 7,400 jobs were added in June. However, jobs in physician offices actually declined by 900 last month.
The dominant job growth area in ambulatory care was in home healthcare services, which added 2,100 jobs.
Hospitals lost 2,200 jobs in June, the second straight month of job losses in that sector.
Nursing and residential care facilities continued to add jobs, however, as employment increased by 4,100 jobs in June.
Overall, total non-farm payroll employment declined by 125,000 in June and the national unemployment rate decreased to 9.5 percent. The number of unemployed dropped marginally to 14.6 million.
The BLS said the decline in payroll employment reflected a decrease (-225,000) in the number of temporary employees working on Census 2010. Private-sector payroll employment edged up by 83,000.
The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 or more weeks) remained unchanged at 6.8 million. The long-term unemployed currently make up about 45.5 percent of unemployed persons.