2021 Employment Picture

The latest year-over-year comparison, updated monthly.

NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from December 2020 to December 2021 increased by 4.1 percent (6,119,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 42.7 percent (4,440,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in Service occupations with an increase of 10.4 percent. Construction and Extraction occupations followed with a rise of 7.6 percent, while the Transportation and Material Moving occupations went up by 5.2 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Professional and Related occupations with a decrease of 49.1 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Management, Professional and Related occupations going down 48.7 percent and a tie between Management, Business and Financial occupations and Service occupations dropping 48.2 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total decreased 43.1 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Jan. 31, 2022


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from November 2020 to November 2021 increased by 3.7 percent (5,594,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 38.6 percent (3,962,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with an increase of 8.7 percent. Service occupations followed with a rise of 6.0 percent, while the Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations went up by 5.5 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Professional and Related occupations with a decrease of 48.1 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations going down 47.1 percent and Management, Professional and Related occupations dropping 45.8 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total decreased 39.1 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Dec. 21, 2021


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from October 2020 to October 2021 increased by 3.0 percent (4,533,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 35.1 percent (3,724,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Transportation and Material Moving occupations with an increase of 8.5 percent. The Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations followed with a rise of 7.8 percent, while Production occupations went up by 6.6 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations with a decrease of 54.6 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Management, Business and Financial occupations going down 45.9 percent and Management, Professional and Related occupations dropping 40.6 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total decreased 34.8 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Nov. 19, 2021


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from September 2020 to September 2021 increased by 4.2 percent (6,230,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 40.0 percent (4,911,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Service occupations with an increase of 9.6 percent. The Transportation and Material Moving occupations followed with a rise of 7.6 percent, while the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations went up by 6.0 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Management, Business and Financial occupations with a decrease of 49.9 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Management, Professional and Related occupations going down 46.4 percent and Service occupations dropping 45.1 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total decreased 40.3 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Oct. 26, 2021


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from August 2020 to August 2021 increased by 4.1 percent (6,008,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 37.7 percent (5,186,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations with an increase of 17.3 percent. The Transportation and Material Moving occupations followed with a rise of 16.4 percent, while the Production, Transportation and Material Moving occupations went up 14.0 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations with a decrease of 51.0 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Professional and Related occupations going down 45.9 percent and Production occupations dropping 44.8 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total decreased 37.6 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Sep. 29, 2021


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from July 2020 to July 2021 increased by 6.3 percent (9,104,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 45.4 percent (7,661,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Service occupations with an increase of 17.2 percent. The Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations followed with a rise of 14.9 percent, while the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations went up 12.9 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations with a decrease of 53.4 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Service occupations going down 51.7 percent and the Professional and Related occupations dropping 50.7 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total decreased 45.7 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Aug. 30, 2021


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from June 2020 to June 2021 increased by 6.6 percent (9,472,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 45.3 percent (8,189,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations with an increase of 29.4 percent. The Service occupations followed with a rise of 16.4 percent, while the Transportation and Material Moving occupations went up 14.4 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations with a decrease of 58.1 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Service occupations going down 56.8 percent and the Sales and Related occupations dropping 56.0 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total decreased 45.5 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Jul. 27, 2021


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from May 2020 to May 2021 increased by 10.4 percent (14,317,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 57 percent (11,685,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in Service occupations with an increase of 25.9 percent. The Construction and Extraction occupations followed with a rise of 15.3 percent, while Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations went up 14.9 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Service occupations with a decrease of 66.6 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Professional and Related occupations going down 65.2 percent and the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations dropping 60.2 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total decreased 57.7 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on June 29, 2021


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from April 2020 to April 2021 increased by 13.4 percent (17,834,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people decreased by 59 percent (13,284,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in Service occupations with an increase of 34.2 percent. The Construction and Extraction occupations followed with a rise of 21.1 percent, while Production occupations went up 21 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Service occupations with a decrease of 68.8 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Professional and Related occupations going down 66.5 percent and the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations dropping 64.1 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total decreased 60.4 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on May 28, 2021


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from March 2020 to March 2021 decreased by 3.0 percent (4,674,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people increased by 34.4 percent (2,535,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Service occupations with a decrease of 8.4 percent. The Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations followed with a drop of 7.1 percent, while the Construction and Extraction occupations went down 4.8 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Office and Administrative Support occupations with an increase of 66.8 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Sales and Office occupations going up 57.6 percent and the Management, Business and Financial occupations reaching 54.0 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total increased 37.8 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on April 23, 2021


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from February 2020 to February 2021 decreased by 5.4 percent (8,495,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people increased by 68.6 percent (4,268,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Service occupations with a decrease of 13.9 percent. The Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations followed with a drop of 12.1 percent, while the Construction and Extraction occupations went down 8.1 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations with an increase of 118.9 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Service occupations going up 103.9 percent and the Management, Business and Financial occupations reaching 95.3 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total increased 73.7 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on March 25, 2021


NUMBERS IN THOUSANDS

1Unemployed total includes a small number of persons whose last job was in the Armed Forces.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The total number of employed people from January 2020 to January 2021 decreased by 5.5 percent (8,611,000 people), while the total number of unemployed people increased by 66.8 percent (4,347,000 people).

Year-over-year, the largest difference for employment was in the Service occupations with a decrease of 13.8 percent. The Transportation and Material Moving occupations followed with a drop of 9.3 percent, while the Farming, Fishing and Forestry occupations went down 9 percent.

For unemployment, the most significant difference was in the Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations with an increase of 134.3 percent. Rounding out the top three were the Service occupations going up 125.5 percent and the Transportation and Material Moving occupations reaching 88.3 percent.

The overall unemployment rate total increased 70 percent year-over-year.

—Posted on Feb. 26, 2021

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