(CNSNews.com) - The number of people employed in the health care industry dropped by 43,000 in March as the United States was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Health care employment declined by 43,000 with job losses in offices of dentists (-17,000), offices of physicians (-12,000), and offices of other health care practitioners (-7,000),” said the BLS March employment report.
“Over the past 12 months,” the report said, “health care employment had grown by 374,000.”
As of March, the health care industry employed a total of 16,466,500 people in the United States, according to BLS.
While overall employment in the health care industry declined by 43,000 in March, employment in hospitals was actually stable, according to the numbers published by BLS. In February, there were 5,261,300 people employed in hospitals in the United States; and in March there were 5,261,500 people employed in hospitals in the United States.