The figures released today are preliminary and subject to change. In May, for example, preliminary BLS preliminary data showed only 300 new hospital jobs nationwide. As more data arrived, however, BLS revised its figures and now reports that 2,400 new hospital payroll additions were created in May.
Seasonally adjusted data, which are used in this story, allow for better month-to-month comparisons that better reflect changes in economy, rather than seasonal employment patterns. Payroll growth also reflects the number of new jobs, not the number of new employees, because one person can have more than one job.