January's jobs report painted a mixed picture for health care: The sector saw roughly average jobs growth compared to previous months, but nursing and residential care facilities shed more than 8,000 jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates released on Friday.
BLS reported that the nation added 157,000 jobs in January, which was in line with economists' estimates. About one in seven of those new jobs—or 22,800—were in health care.
However, because of the decline in jobs at nursing and residential care facilities, ambulatory care actually gained more jobs than the entire sector put together.
Within ambulatory care, physicians' offices added 9,200 jobs; outpatient care centers added 4,700; and home health care services grew by 1,300 jobs.
Between January 2012 and January 2013, health care gained about 320,000 jobs, according to BLS estimates.
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