There were even job gains in construction and finance, which were expected to slow down. Wages grew again too.
Gig workers now have access to unemployment benefits as the economy has opened back up.
Health care, child care and K-12 education, which offer jobs with lower pay that need to be done in person, have yet to fully recover.
One factor that may have contributed to this growth? Jobs in accounting, IT, consulting and similar roles can still be done remotely.
Many older people returned to work, but the recovery isn't as strong for people of color and women.
Employers need understand the many reasons workers have left the jobs on their own or involuntarily, one supervisor says.
Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic: "Everything is just taking longer than I would have expected going in."
Bostic discusses inflation, employment and trying to make sure the economic recovery brings everyone along.
Many are demanding higher wages to return to the labor force. ADP reports private-sector employment rose strongly in September.
Teenagers have been picking up more jobs during this year.
Almost every restaurant and business is understaffed this summer. At the same time, there are more tourists on the Cape than ever.