Labor Department data show the number of hospital jobs dropped by 4,500 in January, on the heels of a similar decline in December, while outpatient care centers continued to report steady job increases. Deloitte Consulting analyst Mitch Morris says even though hospital hiring is slow now, in the long term it will pick up because of the needs of an aging population and increases in health care coverage. "It's important to keep an eye on the big picture," Morris said. Over time, ANA Senior Policy Fellow Peter McMenamin said, "growth is almost guaranteed."
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