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Employment Research Brief

August 2021

Employers Sustained Aggressive Hiring in July as Delta Variant Overshadows Outlook

Unemployment steadily tightens. Job creation surpassed 900,000 new positions for the second consecutive month in July, lowering the unemployment rate 50 basis points month over month to 5.4 percent. While above the historically low 3.5 percent unemployment recorded just prior to the pandemic, the measure is still below the 5.9 percent average from 2000-2019. The restoration of 16.7 million jobs has been the driving force behind this drop in unemployment, although the exit of about 3 million people from the labor force is also contributing to the reduced rate.

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