Job creation slows in doctor offices

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 17, 2012

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Despite several strong months early in 2012, fewer jobs were added to the payrolls of physician offices over the summer as the economy continued to struggle, according to a report issued Sept. 7 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Job creation in physician offices inched up in the first few months of the year and peaked in May with 12,400 new positions. June saw a decline with a cut of 3,300 jobs. Two thousand jobs were added in July, but only 700 joined physician office staffs in August.

Hospitals also did not see as many new jobs in the summer months as in the first few months of the year. January saw 12,900 added to the rolls, but only 1,100 were created in May. Another 1,200 new jobs were created in June, and 5,600 new jobs appeared in July. A total of 5,700 jobs were added in August.

This government agency does not break down positions by occupation.

The overall unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% in August from 8.3% in July, but only 96,000 new jobs were added to the economy. This was below analyst expectations.

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