Equitable Growth’s Jobs Day Graphs: January 2022 Report Edition

On February 4, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released new data on the U.S. labor market during the month of January. Below are five graphs compiled by Equitable Growth staff highlighting important trends in the data.

The prime age employment rate edged upwards to 79.1 percent as the economy added more jobs than predicted in January.

Share of 25- to 54-year-olds who are employed, 2007-2022. Recessions are shaded.

Unemployment decreased for Black workers in January, converging slightly with other groups of workers. White workers had a slight increase in unemployment and Hispanic workers’ unemployment was unchanged.

U.S. unemployment rate by race, 2019-2022. Recessions are shaded.

Leisure and hospitality continued to lead employment gains, but job growth occurred across industries.

Employment by mejor U.S. industries, indexed to industry employment in February 2020 at the begining of the coronavirus recession (shaded).

The employment rate for women increased 0.3 percentage points to 54.6 in January, while the employment rate for men was unchanged.

Share of the U.S. population that is employed, by gender, 2007-2022. Recessions are shaded.

Among the unemployed, there was an increasing proportion who had left their jobs in January, signaling continued confidence in the labor market.

Percent of all unemployed workers in the United States by reason for unemployment, 2019-2022

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