2021 Employment Picture

The latest year-over-year comparison of employed and unemployed persons by occupation, 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 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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