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Healthcare sector adds 45,200 jobs in November, bouncing back from 2019 low

The healthcare sector added over 45,000 jobs in November, bouncing back from the industry's 2019 low in October, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

BLS' monthly jobs report, released Dec. 6, showed that the healthcare industry added 45,200 jobs in November, the industry's second-highest mark of 2019. November's numbers come after the industry reported 11,900 jobs added in October, the lowest figure of 2019.

A total of 364,700 jobs have been added in 2019, and about 414,000 jobs have been added in the last 12 months, according to BLS data.

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Preliminary numbers for September and October were revised in November's report. September's numbers were adjusted upward from 37,600 to 41,100, while October's were adjusted downward from 14,600 to 11,900.

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All three sub-industries recovered from October's slow growth. Ambulatory healthcare services added about 33,900 jobs in November, up from the 7,600 jobs added in October. BLS revised figures for ambulatory services from 7,800 to 7,600 in the November report.

Hospitals saw a big rebound, adding 9,900 jobs in November. The sub-industry added 4,000 jobs in October, revised upward from the 2,100 reported in October, according to BLS data.

Nursing care and residential facilities added 1,400 jobs in November, compared to just 300 added in November. October's figure for nursing care and residential facilities saw the biggest revision in the November report, dropping from 4,700 jobs added to 300.

Overall, total non-farm payroll employment rose by 266,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was 3.5%.