The health care juggernaut downshifted and burned rubber. The 57,900 person gain you see there was spearheaded by a 13,300 person rise in home health care services, along with robust gains in hospital employment, offices of dentists, and offices of physicians.

As was the case with Leisure and Hospitality, the December number resets the profile of this chart.

The two largest sectors of payroll employment accounted for 112,900, or 36.2% of the 312,000 jobs in the headline of the report.

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