’s employment report for January paints a relatively optimistic employment picture of 2012 and suggests hope for the New Year. Using December as a well-rounded summary of the entire year, the report notes that job creation for the month was up by 155,000 jobs, well above predictions. Further, the most recent turnover and job openings report released by the Bureau of Labor statistics in November 2012 shows that there were almost 500,000 more new job openings than there had been at the same time in 2011.

“These are three reports from different angles; yet, they are showing a very well rounded picture of what the economy is doing right now. Having varied sources is important as it keeps you from focusing too much on a single element. There are going to be seasonal fluctuations. However, when we have a several perspectives we can look at, then study them over a period of time and see that they are all moving in a positive direction. That’s why we can feel like we’re standing on solid ground when we say that the job situation is stabilizing and that the economy is improving,” says Del Johnston, Manager of Client Relations at

Of particular note in the report was the healthcare industry, which accounted for nearly one-third of the 155,000 new jobs in December and 338,000 new jobs in 2012. Medical schools and teaching hospitals were found to have contributed nearly $600 billion to the economy and create almost 3.5 million jobs in 2011.

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