Health care employment to grow rapidly in New Hampshire

Health care jobs are growing across the country, and New Hampshire expects to benefit from the surge. According to a report from the New Hampshire Employment Security, employment in the state is expected to grow 10.3 percent from 2012 to 2022, with most gains coming from health care.

Nearly 69,000 new jobs are predicted for the decade, 30 percent of which are in health care fields. The sector is already the state's top employer and is expected to grow 20 percent or more. Health care support positions should see the fastest expansion, at 22.6 percent. More people will also be needed to work as home care aides to support the state's aging population.

The rising employment trend in health care is reflected across the entire country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the sector gained 34,000 jobs in May. Ambulatory care added 23,000 positions, home care contributed 7,000 and outpatient services hired 4,000.

Employment in the sector has been growing steadily for years, but May's figures represent an increase over the standard gain. In 2013, an average of 15,000 jobs were added per month and so far in 2014, employment has risen by 16,000 each month.