Hospitals and health systems added 2,900 jobs in May, as U.S. jobs overall increased by 559,000, according to preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The health care field overall gained 22,500 jobs, and continues to remain just under 16 million total (seasonally adjusted). Outpatient care centers, physicians, dentists and other office-based providers continued to add jobs. Nursing care facilities saw jobs increase by 1,000, the first month they have reported increases since the beginning of the pandemic. However, other residential care facilities (such as residential mental health facilities) continue to report job losses. BLS also revised April job loss numbers downward for hospitals and health systems, from 5,800 to 1,400. Since the beginning of the pandemic, hospitals and health systems have added over 38,000 jobs, but remain below their February 2020 peak.

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