The number of employees in health care exceeded 16 million, the highest since the beginning of 2020
As usual, most of the job growth in the healthcare sector occurred in the outpatient department, which accounted for 87% of the total number of new hires last month. Family health had the largest increase in October, and after strong recruitment in August and September, an estimated 15,800 jobs were added. However, household health employment is still below pre-pandemic levels.
The doctor’s office has also increased its hiring efforts, adding 8,600 jobs. This is the first time since the new coronavirus hit the United States in October that it has surpassed the pre-pandemic employment level. The US dental office has added 2,300 jobs. At the beginning of the pandemic, dentists saw some of the biggest and earliest employment declines, but the workforce in the industry is now larger than before the crisis began.
The hospital only added 1,100 jobs in October, which is another weak recruitment month after the decline in September. Since the beginning of the pandemic, hospital employment has been particularly unstable and still far below pre-pandemic levels.
According to a report, the hospital’s loss of net income from caring for COVID-19 patients in 2021 is estimated at 54 billion U.S. dollars. Kaufman Hall analysis Organized for the American Hospital Association. This is partly because they have to postpone more profitable surgery, and COVID-19 patients are often complex and resource-intensive.
Nursing homes added workers in October, the first month of growth since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. After these facilities were significantly reduced in September, an estimated 11,800 new employees were hired last month when they laid off nearly 16,000 jobs and rebounded. Last month, community pension institutions lost 4,200 jobs. Nursing homes and community nursing employment are far below pre-pandemic levels.
The total number of non-agricultural employment in October is estimated to increase by 531,000 people, and the unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points to 4.6%. The largest economic growth has been in the leisure and hospitality industries, which added 164,000 jobs, and the professional and business services industries increased by 100,000.