The good news? The U.S. economy created 850,000 jobs in June. The bad news? There are still 7 million fewer jobs than before the pandemic.
But it could take more than a year to get back to pre-pandemic levels.
The news has fueled a perception that officials are out to inflate employment figures for a record 8.7 million graduates potentially entering a worsening jobs market.
Some people haven't applied for unemployment because they don't think they qualify, and others can't get through the application process.
Bureau of Labor Statistics annual benchmark revisions find job creation was weaker than originally reported last year.
U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July but still added a solid 164,000 jobs to an economy that appears poised to extend its decade-long expansion.
The unemployment rate is hovering around a 50-year low, but some companies are still shedding jobs.
Labor force participation in the U.S. is said to be lower than that of comparable economies. There are a couple of factors at play.
June’s solid job growth followed a tepid gain of 72,000 jobs in May, a result that had fueled concerns about the economy.