Work in public care for the elderly was hit hardest, losing approximately 19,500 jobs after cutting 2,700 jobs in August. Hospital recruitment fell sharply, resulting in an estimated 8,100 job losses. In August, 3,700 jobs were created in hospitals.
The decline in healthcare employment comes as an industry plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic is struggling to find workers. Early retirement, burnout and vaccinations have forced some workers to leave the profession, leaving service providers struggling for a dwindling pool of candidates.
The recession in the nursing home sector continued as it lost another 37,600 jobs.
Total US employment rose 194,000 jobs, but the unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 4.8%. This is more modest growth than in August, when the economy added 366,000 jobs.
The leisure and hospitality industry has seen the largest growth, adding an estimated 74,000 jobs. Professional and business services added 60,000 jobs.