As has been the case since the pandemic began, nursing homes saw the biggest losses in April, shedding almost 19,000 jobs. Nursing homes have struggled more than any healthcare sector to rebound.
Home health employment shrunk in April to the tune of 6,700 jobs. Community care facilities for the elderly and other residential care facilities also lost jobs—1,400 and 1,200, respectively.
Ambulatory sector employment grew by an estimated 21,200 jobs in April. Physicians’ offices and offices of other healthcare practitioners saw the biggest gains, adding 11,300 and 9,400 jobs, respectively. Last month’s growth was slower for dentists’ offices, which added just 3,700 jobs and outpatient care centers, which added 3,400 jobs. Growth was even slower for medical and diagnostic laboratories, which added just 1,100 jobs, per the government’s preliminary data.