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Health jobs in Boston climb

Posted on December 31, 2017

The number of health jobs in Boston is growing, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment in the Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Mass.-N.H. Metropolitan New England City and Town Area stood at 2,797,400 in October 2017, up 62,300 from one year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Regional Commissioner Deborah A. Brown noted that employment rose 2.3 percent locally from October a year ago. During the same period, the national job count increased 1.4 percent.

The Boston-Cambridge-Nashua area includes 10 metropolitan divisions — separately identifiable employment centers within the larger metropolitan area.

The Boston-Cambridge-Newton metropolitan division, which made up 68 percent of the workforce, gained 50,300 jobs from October 2016 to October 2017. All the other divisions for which data are published also added jobs over the year.

Education and health services, the largest industry in the Boston area, had the largest local employment gain, adding 18,300 jobs from October 2016 to October 2017.

The 3.2-percent rate of local job growth in this supersector exceeded the 2.0-percent gain nationally.

Professional and business services had the next largest annual employment gain in the Boston area from October 2016, adding 14,900 jobs. The 3.1-percent rate of job growth in Boston’s professional and business services supersector outpaced the 2.6-percent nationwide gain.

The other services supersector added 9,000 over the year. The 8.9-percent rate of job growth was greater than the nationwide gain of 1.4-percent.