Mar. 13—Hospitals continued to shed workers in February, while other parts of health care added employees, according to recent federal employment statistics

Hospital employment declined for the second month in a row in February. Those facilities shed 1,200 positions in February after dropping 3,600 in January. February hospital employment was down by 4,700 workers from February 2013.

The seasonally adjusted decline from January was only a 0.03 percent drop in hospitals’ nearly 4.8 million workers, but it came as most other parts of health care steadily added jobs.

For instance, ambulatory healthcare services added 8,400 positions. Most of that increase came in physician offices. Meanwhile, home healthcare agencies dropped employees.

Nursing and residential care facilities added 2,300 jobs in February.

Healthcare employment, overall, increased by 9,500 workers in February.

Publication Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014