Health care strongly driving Minnesota job creation

MINNESOTA — More than 40 percent of the new jobs added in Minnesota during the last 12 months are healthcare-related, according to a review of the state’s employment data, the Twin Cities Business reports.

Statistics from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show that the state added 31,527 jobs from April 2015 to April 2016. Increased healthcare hiring accounted for 13,066 of those new jobs: 41.4 percent of the total job creation over the last 12 months.

“Health care grew throughout the recession. It never stopped growing,” said Oriane Casale, assistant director of DEED’s Labor Market Information Office.

In its monthly job reports, DEED’s employment overview combines education and health services into a single category, following the practice of the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. But a deeper look at DEED’s jobs data shows the employment numbers for more specific categories within each industry.

The biggest gain in healthcare hiring came from ambulatory health care services, which added 10,879 jobs. That single category accounted for 34.5 percent of all new jobs in Minnesota over the last 12 months. Employment in the ambulatory health care category grew 7.7 percent year-over-year, growing at a faster rate than any other job sector in the state.

READ MORE of this story at Twin Cities Business by Burl Gilyard. 

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