June 2021 Jobs Report – Job Selection Resources

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Written by Thomas Ahearn, editor-in-chief of the ESR News blog

The total number of non-farm jobs in the United States increased by 850,000 jobs and the unemployment rate edged up to 5.9% in June 2021 as the labor market continued to recover from the coronavirus pandemic ( COVID-19), according to the monthly employment report released by the United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The June 2021 employment report found the number of unemployed to be 9.5 million, which is significantly down from the recent peak in April 2020 but well above pre-pandemic levels COVID-19 in February 2020. Notable job gains in June 2021 occurred in leisure and hospitality, public and private education.

  • Employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 343,000 jobs in June 2021 but is down by 2.2 million jobs since February 2020.
  • Employment in public and private education increased in June 2021. Employment increased by 155,000 jobs in local public education, 75,000 jobs in state public education and 30,000 jobs. in private education. Since February 2020, employment has decreased by 414,000 jobs in local public education, 168,000 jobs in state public education and 255,000 jobs in private education.
  • Retail employment added 67,000 jobs in June 2021, but is down 303,000 jobs since February 2020.
  • Employment in other services added 56,000 jobs in June 2021, but is 297,000 jobs lower than in February 2020.
  • Social assistance employment increased by 32,000 jobs in June 2021, but is down 236,000 jobs since February 2020.
  • Wholesale trade employment increased by 21,000 jobs in June 2021 but is down 192,000 jobs since February 2020.
  • Employment in the manufacturing sector increased by 15,000 jobs in June 2021, but is 4,819,000 jobs less than in February 2020.
  • Employment in transportation and warehousing added 11,000 jobs in June 2021, but is down 94,000 jobs since February 2020.
  • Mining sector employment added 10,000 jobs in June 2021, but is down 110,000 jobs since a peak in January 2019.
  • Construction employment lost 7,000 jobs in June 2021 and is 238,000 jobs below its February 2020 level.
  • Employment was little changed in other major industries such as information, financials and healthcare in June 2021.

The employment report showed that the employment change for April 2021 was revised from 278,000 added jobs to 269,000 added jobs, while May 2021 was revised from 559,000 added jobs to 583,000 added jobs. With these revisions, earnings for April 2021 and May 2021 were 15,000 more jobs than previously reported.

As in previous months, some workers affected by the pandemic who should have been classified as unemployed on temporary layoff were instead incorrectly classified as employed but not at work. However, the share of
misclassified responses were highest in the early months of the pandemic and have been lowest in recent months.

As of March 2020, the BLS has released an estimate of what the unemployment rate might have been if poorly classified workers had been included among the unemployed. By repeating this same approach, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June 2021 would have been 0.2 percentage point higher than reported.

The jobs report is usually published on the first Friday of each month at www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm (PDF). The July 2021 Employment Report will be released on Friday August 6, 2021. More information on the June 2021 Employment Report is available at www.bls.gov/covid19/employment-situation-covid19-faq- june-2021.htm.

COVID-19 is a fatal respiratory disease that is transmitted from person to person. As of July 2, 2021, there were around 182 million cases worldwide and 3.9 million deaths worldwide, while the United States leads the world with around 33 million cases and 605,000 deaths, according to research from Johns Hopkins University.

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