Nursing, residential care employment flat: report

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Nursing and residential care employment essentially was flat, increasing by only 200 jobs, in October, according to a labor brief issued Nov. 12 by the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

In October, about 1.7 million people were employed in nursing care facility jobs, with about the same amount of people employed in "other nursing and residential" jobs, according to Altarum. One-month and annualized seasonally adjusted changes show that employment in residential care has dipped slightly.

Over the past year, the nursing and residential care sector has added 45,800 jobs, for a growth rate of 1.4%, according to Altarum's analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data. By comparison, home healthcare jobs grew by 5.1% over the same time period, outpatient care center jobs grew by 4.6%, physician office jobs grew by 4.0%, other ambulatory care setting jobs grew by 3.8% and hospital jobs grew by 3.5%.

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