According to a Brief from the Altarum Institute, health job growth through the first five months of 2017 is averaging just under 22,000 jobs per month, versus 32,000 per month in 2015 and 2016. The 2017 slowdown is occurring in both hospitals and ambulatory care. Health jobs grew 2.1% year over year, lower than the 2.5% average growth in 2016, but still faster than the pace of non-health job growth, at 1.6%. The health share of total employment is at an all-time high of 10.75%.
The Brief can be obtained at http://altarum.org/sites/default/files/uploaded-related-files/CSHS-Labor-Brief_June_2017.pdf.