In the period from December 2020 to December 2021, 63.3 thousand jobs appeared in the healthcare sector, which is 0.4% more. That’s down from a 2.1% increase in the year before the pandemic. 334,900 jobs were created in this sector between December 2018 and December 2019. Nursing homes were down 5,200 jobs in December, while public nursing homes cut 2,200 jobs last month. In the health sector, nursing homes have had the most difficult job recovering during the pandemic, as jobs have been dwindling month after month even as other sectors are recovering.
The recovery in hospital employment has been perhaps the most turbulent in the health sector. Hospitals lost an additional 5,100 jobs in December after a slight gain in the previous month, which the US Bureau of Labor Statistics revised after it was initially assumed that hospitals lost jobs in November.
Meanwhile, outpatient employment continues to grow at a more stable pace, adding an estimated 8,100 jobs in December, slightly less than in November. During this time, the greatest growth was seen in doctors’ offices, where an estimated 4,000 jobs were created. Dentists, clinics and diagnostic laboratories did not notice the growth.
Total employment has increased by 18.8 million since April 2020, but is down 3.6 million, or 2.3%, from the pre-pandemic level in February 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Leisure and hospitality showed the largest growth in December, adding approximately 53,000 jobs, although employment in the industry was still down 7.2% from February 2020. Professional and business services also posted a notable increase of 43,000 jobs, although employment in this sector is still strong. slightly below the February 2020 level.