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Employment Research Brief

June 2021

Job-Search Hurdles Shrink but Numerous Openings Remain

Unemployment falls in May but job growth misses the mark. Employers added 559,000 personnel to payrolls last month, above the 278,000 positions created in April but below many economists’ expectations. The higher pace of hiring was nevertheless sufficient to drop the unemployment rate 30 basis points in May to 5.8 percent. While markedly below the recent high of 14.8 percent, the measure still exceeds the pre-crisis level by 230 basis points. Despite a shortfall of 7.6 million jobs from February 2020, various constraints are limiting employment growth.

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