Health care added 30,500 jobs in October as the overall U.S. economy gained 171,000 new jobs, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The U.S. unemployment rate last month was 7.9 percent compared with 7.8 percent in September.
Health care employment totaled 14.45 million as of October. For the year ended in October, health care hiring increased by 296,300, or 2.1 percent. Last month's health care hiring was above the monthly average for the prior 12 months of 24,700 new jobs.
Physician offices added 11,200 jobs in October, an increase of 0.5 percent over September, bringing total physician-office employment to 2.45 million. For the prior 12 months, physician offices added an average of 5,700 jobs per month.
For the year ended last month, physician offices added 68,300 jobs—a gain of 2.9 percent.