Healthcare sees slow uptick in jobs

Although healthcare jobs are expected to soar following the Supreme Court verdict, the industry saw only small job gains in June, with physician offices losing thousands of positions.

With U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' disappointing data released Friday, Republicans were quick to point to the labor numbers and criticized Obama's policies, including the healthcare law, The Hill reported.

The national unemployment rate remained unchanged in June at 8.2 percent.

Although healthcare jobs saw gains during the month, it's may be much slower than expected. In February, BLS predicted that healthcare and social assistance would see an increase of 5.6 million jobs over the next decade--outpacing all other industries--many of which located in health practitioner offices.

However, in June, physician offices lost 3,400 jobs, according to the BLS data.

Overall, healthcare jobs grew by 13,000 in June for a total 14.3 million (seasonally adjusted). Of those, hospitals jobs grew by 3,700 to 4.8 million. Despite losses in physician offices, the ambulatory healthcare setting saw 4,800 more jobs, with outpatient care centers and home healthcare services, increasing by 4,000 and 3,600 jobs, respectively.

For more information:
- BLS news release and data by industry
- here's the Hill article

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