Even a small increase in unemployment can result in disproportionate effects on marginalized groups.
The participation rate, which includes people actively looking for jobs, rose in August for those 55 and older, women, teenagers and others.
People are scanning today's jobs report for signs of slower job creation and greater wage gains — as unemployment claims hover near pre-pandemic lows, and companies announce fewer layoffs.
Governing bodies have collectively added 57,000 people per month, on average, this year, outpacing previous public-sector recoveries.
ADP and other labor market signals point to continuing interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve.
Millions of women left the workforce early in the pandemic. The strong job market and flexible working conditions have brought many back.
Black men made gains in warehousing and transportation, which tend to offer low wages. A recession could hit workers of color hard, economist Michelle Holder says
Insurance is a growing field right now. Severe weather and widespread worry are among the reasons.
One of the reasons revolves around issues of racial classification on official documents like the Census.
Growth in the number of people looking for work means the unemployment rate is rising for the right reasons, one economist says.