By Sam Baker - 03/08/13 02:01 PM EST
The healthcare sector added 32,000 jobs last month, continuing its record of consistently strong gains.
Doctors' offices and outpatient health centers saw the biggest gains, adding 14,000 jobs in February. Nursing homes added 9,000 new workers, and hospitals also added roughly 9,000 jobs, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department.
Healthcare has been a consistent leader in the steadily improving employment rate. The sector added 23,000 jobs in January, when employment in healthcare had jumped by 320,000 over the year.