Hospitals see 5,300 jobs boost in July

Hospitals added 5,300 more jobs in July, while the healthcare industry overall saw gains of 12,000 jobs last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said today. Ambulatory healthcare services added a total of 8,900 jobs, with physician offices boasting 2,700 of those jobs, outpatient care centers seeing 4,100 more jobs and home healthcare services gaining 1,800 jobs, according to BLS data. Nursing and residential care facilities, however, dropped by 2,200 jobs.

According to a study from Georgetown University's Center on Education and Workforce issued last month, the nation needs 5.6 million new jobs by 2020 to meet the growing demand for care under health reform. Announcement