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The jobs report: by the numbers

Feb 5, 2021
The 12.5 million jobs deficit, the 3.9 million low-wage service jobs gone, the 23 million un- and underemployed.
Any monthly jobs report can be dizzying. The one for January is a little more so.
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Jobs report reveals alarming level of long-term unemployment

Feb 5, 2021
This has many economists predicting the economic pain of the pandemic will last long after the economy "recovers."
A new study predicts it will take women and people of color an extra two years to reach pre-pandemic employment levels.
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The economy won't recover until hiring kicks back into gear

Feb 5, 2021
Job openings are back to where they were a year ago. But the labor market needs more to recover.
A restaurant displays a "Now Hiring" sign amid the coronavirus pandemic, on August 4, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia.
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U.S. economy adds 49K jobs as unemployment falls to 6.3%

Feb 5, 2021
The tepid increase followed a decline of 227,000 jobs in December, the first loss since April.
A waitress takes customers' orders in the outdoor seating area of a restaurant on Jan. 28, 2021 in Los Angeles.
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U.S. loses 140,000 jobs, first monthly loss since spring

Jan 8, 2021
The figures suggest employers have rehired roughly all the workers they can afford to after laying off more than 22 million.
The unemployment rate stayed at 6.7%, the first time it hasn’t fallen since April.
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Job gains slow in November as pandemic hampers recovery

Dec 4, 2020
Employers added 245,000 jobs, many fewer than the previous month. The economy is still down nearly 10 million jobs since February.
A "now hiring" sign at a business in Arlington, Virginia. Hiring is sluggish across the economy and economists worry that the trend will turn negative.
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U.S. sees hiring slowdown for fifth consecutive month

Dec 4, 2020
U.S. employers added a modest 245,000 jobs as the spread of coronavirus continues to intensify.
A man walks past a "Now Hiring" sign in front of a store on Dec. 1, 2020 in Arlington, Va.
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Fewer employers, less work spell trouble for job market

Dec 4, 2020
It's employees of small businesses who are most at risk, according to one payroll processor.
A pedestrian wearing her facemask and holding a cup of coffee walks past a closed sign hanging on the door of a small business in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2020.
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Nearly two job seekers for every job: What it's like to look for work now

Nov 10, 2020
The unemployment rate is down, and more people are returning to the labor force. But finding a job isn't easy.
A woman closes up a liquor store in Seattle in July. Job searchers are having a hard time finding work during the pandemic.
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Jobs have bounced back in some parts of the economy. Others face a long slog.

Nov 6, 2020
More Americans are returning to the labor market. But more are also joing the ranks of the long-term unemployed.
A shuttered business district in Brooklyn in May. Jobs in some face-to-face services, like bars and restaurants, are still down 15% to 30%.
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