Healthcare sector saw job growth rise during the recession

Although the recent recession dealt a major blow to the country's labor market, some job sectors actually grew steadily during the economic downturn.

"Even in the worst recession, there are still some industries adding jobs," Heidi Shierholz, labor economist with the Economic Policy Institute, told CNN Money. "The demand for their goods and services don't follow the business cycle."

Fifteen of the more than 140 job sectors monitored through the U.S. Department of Labor's survey of employers achieved steady growth since the start of the recession. In addition, 11 employment areas have regained more than 50 percent of the jobs that they lost during the harsh economic period, the news source reports.

One sector that has been able to take on new workers steadily is healthcare, which has grown 7 percent since the recession began.

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