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Job creation at physician offices and hospitals holds steady

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 14, 2013

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Physician offices added the same number of jobs in 2012 as in 2011, according to the monthly report on employment issued Jan. 4 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2012, 67,400 new employees joined physician office payrolls. Only 19,500 positions were created in 2010, compared with 42,500 in 2009.

At hospitals, 87,800 new jobs were added in 2012, slightly more than the 81,100 new positions in 2011. In 2010, 22,000 positions joined hospital payrolls, while only 2,500 were added in 2009.

The bureau does not break down numbers by occupation, but other surveys have indicated that many of these jobs are clinical. That means more new jobs for physicians rather than administrators and other support staff.

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