The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has released its latest statistics on commonwealth healthcare jobs, announcing that with March’s increase of 400 positions statewide, the industry reversed a two-month trend of job losses.
In January and February of this year, over 2,000 hospital positions were lost; with the latest report, the field has been able to hold steady, as well as bolster against same-month losses in the education and health services sector, which lost 6,300 jobs during March.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, the commonwealth’s total number of non-farm jobs declined by 12,700 during March to 5,819,300. The same source revealed that the commonwealth’s March unemployment rate increased to 5.3 percent, representing an increase of one-tenth of a percentage point.
Finally, the fact that the month’s largest loss was in the education and health services sector is tempered by the knowledge that, in 2014, that sector was among the state’s largest overall contributors to job growth and economic health.
Since December 2007, HAP has updated its data monthly for the health services industry, including hospitals. Viewers can access information through the association’s website, check its events and read other news at www.haponline.org
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