According to the US Bureau of Labor:
- Medicine continued to be the bright spot in the economic downturn, adding 21,500 jobs in December 2009, with 8,900 in physician offices.
- Another 2,500 were created in outpatient medical centers, and 8,000 were added to the home health care industry. Hospital employment increased by 1,400.
- The economy as a whole lost 85,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate held steady at 10%.
Care is shifting from inpatient settings to outpatient and home based. The growth in home care positions outpaced hospital-based positions by a factor of almost six to one!