Despite the U.S. unemployment rate edging higher for the first time in three months, health care employment added 20,000 jobs in April. News from the pharmaceutical industry was positive as well -- even with about 1,000 layoffs, MedZilla.com still saw a spike in companies seeking new sales representatives.
(Vocus) -- Despite the U.S. unemployment rate edging higher for the first time in three months -- up to 9.9 percent -- health care employment continues to be a growth industry in the U.S., adding 20,000 jobs -- 6,000 of them in hospitals -- in April. The unemployment rate in health care has edged up to five percent, from 4.6, over the course of the past year, but outplacement research firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported that job cuts across all industries were down 43 percent from March to April, the lowest they have been in more than three years. They also noted that more than 1,000 jobs in pharmaceuticals were cut in April.
"The news was relatively good last month," said John Burkhardt, Director of Operations at MedZilla.com, the internet's most established source for health care, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology job postings. "Whenever layoff numbers are down, people breathe a sigh of relief and become a little more comfortable. Those who seek employment worry less, and those already employed and looking for a change tend to back off, hoping things will get better at their existing jobs." MedZilla's numbers for April backed that up -- no state's job seekers significantly changed their search behaviors, either positively or negatively. "That could of course be because we didn't see companies in any states or
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