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This may not suggest good news for the overall U.S. economy, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports healthcare added 234,600 jobs in the first half of 2016.

The 2016 growth outpaced the 225,300 new healthcare ┬ájobs created in 2015’s first half.

Healthcare has accounted for nearly one in four jobs created so far in 2016.

A further breakdown of BLS data shows:

  • Ambulatory services created 127,000 new jobs so far this year, compared with 133,700 jobs for the first six months of 2015.
  • Hospitals created 90,000 jobs, compared with the year-earlier 74,400.
  • Nursing and residential-care facilities created 18,200 jobs in the first six months of 2016, compared with 17,200.

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