While hospitals and other essential medical services stayed open, dentists closed their offices, seeing only patients who required urgent care.
Health care hires jumped significantly in May, boosted by the reopening of dental offices reopening, which added 244,800 jobs.
"This news is certainly encouraging for the economy and the dental industry but is also important in that patients are returning with trust and confidence in their clinician and understand the link between good oral health and overall body health," said Pat Bauer, president and CEO of Heartland Dental, which supports over 1,000 dental practices in the US.
The company estimates those dental offices have added nearly 6,000 jobs, all of them employees returning from furloughs.
Delivery and laundry workers
Meanwhile, personal and laundry services added 182,300 jobs.
That category includes any food delivery workers who are classified as employees but it doesn't count contractors, such as Postmates and Uber Eats part-timers or some Amazon drivers.
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