Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 194,000 in September—well below expectations—but the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 4.8 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
U.S. employers added 235,000 jobs in August—considerably below July’s massive 1.05 million job gain—as the economy struggled to hold momentum amid rising Delta variant coronavirus cases, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
This week’s chart summarizes the recent strength of the job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth accelerated sharply in March, as the economy gained 916,000 jobs over the month, the largest monthly gain since August 2020.
Employers added an impressive 379,000 jobs last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, welcome news for an economy still struggling with the loss of millions of jobs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact the labor market to close 2020. Friday’s release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that faster layoffs led to a loss of 140,000 jobs in December and kept the headline unemployment rate (U-3) at 6.7 percent.