Hospitals and health systems added 19,400 jobs in February, while U.S. jobs overall increased by 311,000, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total health care jobs grew by over 44,200 to a seasonally adjusted 16.7 million, including 13,700 new jobs in nursing and residential care facilities.

Hospitals and health systems continue to prioritize filling critical positions to care for their patients, while labor costs continue to contribute to financial pressures. Hospital labor expenses increased 3% between December 2022 and January 2023, according to a report by KaufmanHall.

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