Nov. 8—A historic loss of healthcare jobs occurred in September, according to employment data released Friday.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics revised its September healthcare sector job numbers to show a 2,500-job loss. That was a reversal from job numbers released last month, which showed a 6,800 increase in healthcare positions—and that, in turn, was far below the 22,100 jobs added in the previous month.

The decrease in healthcare was driven by an 11,000-job loss in nursing and residential care facilities, which was previously shown to have lost 4,300 jobs in September.

However, the hospital jobs were revised up from 300 to 1,400 positions gained in September.

Hiring appeared to improve in October as healthcare employment increased by 15,000 positions. Hospital hiring also jumped by 2,200 jobs in October.

Despite September’s loss, the healthcare sector gained an average of 17,000 positions per month this year, compared with an average monthly gain of 27,000 in 2012.

The September healthcare job losses followed years of healthcare jobs outperforming overall hiring in other sectors of the economy and growth in the healthcare sector throughout the recent deep recession.

Publication Date: Friday, November 08, 2013