Health Care Employment Still Showing Promising Trends

Jan 11, 2012, 1:18 PM

The health care industry added 22,600 jobs in December, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data is consistent with the upward trend the industry demonstrated throughout the year; health care gained about 315,000 jobs in 2011.

Ambulatory health services were responsible for 11,300 of the new jobs, and hospitals accounted for approximately 10,000 jobs.

Perhaps due to the increase in health care jobs filled, a new report from The Conference Board finds that online advertised vacancies for health care practitioners decreased in December. A decrease in advertised vacancies for Registered Nurses (RNs) was largely responsible for the drop, but demand for other health care practitioners remains high. “The number of advertised vacancies in this occupational category continues to be quite favorable and outnumber job-seekers by 2.9 to 1,” the report says.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.