Hiring in the healthcare sector had been gradually trending upward since summer 2017 until it began to plummet in April and again in May.
Last month's healthcare hiring—15,700 new mdash;was the weakest since September 2017. May saw 42% fewer hires than in April and 69% fewer than in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' , released Friday.
The federal government retroactively revised its March hiring upward to 49,900 added, which means that month now tops December 2018's historic high, a number the government has since revised down. March now holds the record for the most new hires since at least February 1990, the earliest month in Project Japan's monthly data.