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Relatively Weak September Employment Report:  Jobs Up by 195,000

By: Beth Mace  |  October 11, 2021

The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by a disappointing 195,000 in September 2021. The consensus had been for an increase of 500,000. This was a deceleration from August when jobs grew by an upwardly revised 366,000 (originally reported as 235,000) and from July when jobs increased by 1,091,000, up from 1,053,000 as originally reported.

Economic Trends  |  Workforce

Disappointing August Employment Report: Jobs Up by 235,000

By: Beth Mace  |  September 03, 2021

The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by a weaker than expected 235,000 in August 2021. The consensus had been for an increase of 725,000. This was a sharp deceleration from July when jobs grew by 1.1 million and June when jobs increased by 962,000. Through August, monthly job growth has averaged 586,00 per month. Nonfarm payrolls are now up by 17.0 million since April 2020 but remain down by 5.3 million or 3.5% from pre-pandemic levels of February 2020.

Economic Trends  |  Workforce

Much Attention to Strong July Employment Report: Jobs Up by 943,000

By: Beth Mace  |  August 09, 2021

The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by a strong 943,000 in July 2021 and an upwardly revised 938,000 in June. The consensus estimates for July had been for a gain of 858,000. Nonfarm payrolls are now up by 16.7 million since April 2020 but remain down by 5.7 million or 3.7% from pre-pandemic levels of February 2020. The data show that the U.S. recovery from the pandemic remains in place and that the hindrance on hiring from labor shortages may be easing.

Economic Trends  |  Workforce

U.S. Jobs Increase by a Strong 850,000 in June

By: Beth Mace  |  July 02, 2021

The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by a strong 850,000 in June 2021. The consensus estimates for June had been for a gain of 720,000. Employment is now up by 15.6 million since April 2020 but is down by 6.8 million or 4.4% from its pre-pandemic level in February 2020. The robust jobs report followed reports earlier this week that show a strengthening economy. This includes reports of strong consumer confidence, improving outlooks for capital spending by businesses and a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that projected a full recovery of pandemic-related job losses by the middle of 2022. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality (343,000), in public and private education, professional and business services, retail trade and other services.

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