The healthcare industry continued to help drive job growth in the United States in October. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, non-farm payroll employment increased by an estimated 261,000 last month, including an estimated 22,000 additional healthcare jobs.

About two-thirds (16,000) of those new healthcare positions occurred within the ambulatory care sector, which employed a seasonally adjusted total of 7.37 million workers last month. That’s nearly 200,000 more than the number of ambulatory care workers reported for October 2016.

The BLS reported that healthcare has added an average of 24,000 jobs per month in 2017, down from the average of 32,000 new jobs per month in 2016.

Please see the chart below for information about job growth for specific sectors within the healthcare industry.

Healthcare Jobs

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