Equitable Growth’s Jobs Day Graphs: June 2021 Report Edition

On July 2, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released new data on the U.S. labor market during the month of June. Below are five graphs compiled by Equitable Growth staff highlighting important trends in the data.

The prime-age employment-to-population ratio remained steady in June, while the labor market added 850,000 jobs.

Share of 25- to 54-year-olds who are employed, 2007-2021. Recessions are shaded.

Top-line unemployment, also known as U-3, and a broader measure of labor underutilization, known as U-6, remain low in June, falling below their levels prior to the Great Recession.

U-3 and U-6 unemployment rates. Recessions are shaded.

Unemployment rates by race and ethnicity saw little change and remain highest for Black workers at 9.2 percent and Latinx workers at 7.4 percent.

U.S. unemployment rate by race, 2000-2001. Recessions are shaded.

The unemployment rate remains highest for workers with less education and increased slightly to 10.2 percent for workers with less than a high school degree.

Unemployment rate by U.S. educational attainment, 2019-2020. Recessions are shaded.

Employment grew for some of the industries hit hard by the coronavirus recession, including leisure and hospitality, but still remains below pre-pandemic levels.

Employment by major U.S. industry, indexed to average industry employment in 2007. Recessions are shaded.

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