Healthcare Job Postings Surge in January

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , January 31, 2011

Hospitals created 50,100 jobs in 2010, nearly double the rate of job creation from 2009, and the entire healthcare sector - everything from allergists to X-ray technicians -- created 265,800 jobs for the year, Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data shows.

Overall, the healthcare sector employed 13.9 million people at the end of 2010, including 4.7 million jobs at hospitals, 6 million jobs in outpatient ambulatory services, and 2.3 million jobs in physicians' offices, BLS preliminary data show.

For December, the healthcare sector recorded 35,700 payroll additions, including 8,000 hospital jobs. However, ambulatory healthcare services continues to be the major driver of healthcare job creation, with 20,600 payroll additions in December, and 160,200 payroll additions recorded in 2010, BLS preliminary data show.

The Conference Board reports that in the overall economy, online advertised vacancies grew by 438,000 in January, to 4.2 million listings, following a decline of 9,400 listings in December. With the January increase, labor demand has risen 1.44 million job postings since the series low point in April 2009. This increase now offsets approximately 80% of the 1.76 million drop in ad volume during the two-year downturn period from April 2007 through April 2009.

Even with the uptick, however, the nation's supply/demand rate stood at 3.78 unemployed people for every advertised vacancy in December (the last available unemployment data), down from a peak of 4.73 in October 2009. Nationally, there are 10.6 million more unemployed than advertised vacancies, The Conference Board reports.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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