U.S. employers added 295,000 new workers to their payrolls, bringing down the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent in February. The largest gains came from health, with hospitals and education and health services adding around 27,000 new jobs alone.

Top Nursing Job Growth in February

Based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, openings at hospitals led the way again with nearly a 9% increase and educational services were up over 21%. Digging into the industry sub-categories, we can take a closer look at the health care and social assistance category, which added the most jobs in February. This nursing titles covered in this category include:

  • Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
  • Registered nurses
  • Nursing aides

Not all Good News for Nurses

The report also showed that nursing and residential care facilities had a small decline in hires month-over-month from January 2015. Each had around a 4.8% and 3.2% decrease from January. Even though the hiring in residential care facilities declined this month, the hiring has been relatively flat over the past few months. To read more about the full salary averages and job titles in this area, you can review these details and more on the BLS website.

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics


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