In July, the number of jobs available in the United States climbed to 10.9 million, a new record high, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.

Health care and social assistance added the most positions, followed by finance and insurance, as well as hotels and restaurants.

America’s tight labor market continues to face a staggering disconnect between the number of jobs available and the number of people out of work.

Even as managers across the board are looking for workers, the number of hires stood at just 6.7 million in July.

While companies are ramping up efforts to rehire staff to meet demand and reopen fully, workers remain worried about the virus risk and child care availability. The generous pandemic-era jobless benefits, along with the sheer number of jobs available, also create conditions in which workers can afford to wait for a better job rather taking the first one that comes along.

But now the Delta variant is threatening to exacerbate the mismatch.

In August, the economy added just 235,000 jobs, far fewer than economists had expected. Restaurants and bars even lost jobs as rising Covid-19 cases are on the rise due to the more infectious Delta variant.

But the BLS report on job openings lags the government’s monthly jobs tally. So it will take a little longer until the full scale of Delta’s impact on this summer will become clear.

The job openings report “provides a different picture of the labor market … but it is decidedly a bit out of date as fast-changing as the recovery and pandemic has been the last year and a half,” said Elise Gould at the Economic Policy Institute.

What Wednesday’s report can tell us is this: “Demand for workers was still growing before the Delta variant impacted the US economy,” said Nick Bunker, director of research at the Indeed Hiring Lab, in emailed comments.

America’s leisure and hospitality industry bore the brunt of the pandemic job losses, but its recovery was also rampant. This was still true in July, when particularly hotels and restaurants added job openings.

“The big uncertainty is how much of a blow did the latest surge in the pandemic deal to demand,” Bunker added.

Job creation at private companies tumbled in July as fears mounted over the spreading Covid-19 delta variant, payroll processing firm ADP reported Wednesday.

Employers added 330,000 positions for the month, a sharp deceleration from the downwardly revised 680,000 in June. It’s also well below the 653,000 Dow Jones estimate. June’s final total fell from the initial estimate of 692,000.

July’s job growth was also the smallest gain since February.

“The labor market recovery continues to exhibit uneven progress, but progress nonetheless,” ADP chief economist Nela Richardson said. “July payroll data reports a marked slowdown from the second quarter pace in jobs growth.”

Markets fell after the report, with Dow futures down nearly 120 points and most government bond yields pulling back.

According to ADP, the biggest job gains for July again came in leisure and hospitality, which added 139,000 payrolls. Education and health services added 64,000 while professional and business services increased by 36,000.

Goods-producing industries contribute just 12,000 to the total, with manufacturing up 8,000. Natural resources and mining gained 3,000, and construction added just 1,000 new positions.

A ‘We’re Hiring!’ sign is displayed at a Starbucks on Hollywood Boulevard on June 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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From a size standpoint, companies with 50 to 499 employees added 132,000 jobs. Bigger firms added 106,000 while small business payrolls increased by 91,000.

The ADP count, done in conjunction with Moody’s Analytics, comes two days before the more closely watched Labor Department nonfarm payrolls release. The two reports can differ significantly but have been fairly close this year: Through June, ADP had averaged about 30,000 fewer jobs a month than the official government tally.

Unlike ADP, the Labor Department’s count includes government jobs and is expected to show a total gain of 845,000 after June’s 850,000 increase.

The letdown comes amid concerns that the spreading delta variant could contribute to an overall climate that indicates the post-recession economic boom is slowing. Though the variant’s spread is largely concentrated among a handful of states where vaccinations are low, the total case count has eclipsed the peak of the original Covid spread and is sparking worries that it will slow activity.

The economy is also in the throes of an aggressive inflation wave, though economists and policymakers largely see the current factors as temporary and likely to ease ahead.

“Bottlenecks in hiring continue to hold back stronger gains, particularly in light of new COVID-19 concerns tied to viral variants. These barriers should ebb in coming months, with stronger monthly gains ahead as a result,” Richardson said.

Federal Reserve officials have echoed the transitory theme but have vowed to keep monetary policy loose and interest rates low until the employment picture shows greater progress.

Fed Governor Christopher Waller told CNBC on Monday he would be willing to start reducing the pace of the central bank’s asset purchases if the August and September jobs reports are strong.

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Leisure and hospitality across the state added back jobs lost during the coronavirus pandemic as Louisiana hit 1,849,200 jobs in July. 

The state is still 117,300 jobs short of the economy in July 2019 but nearly all metro areas have been recovering with the exception of Lake Charles. 

In the Baton Rouge metro area leisure and hospitality accounted for the biggest gains in the region, adding 6,200 jobs over the year. Construction added 4,000 jobs while education and health services added 2,700 jobs. Financial activities lost 400 jobs, government 300 jobs and mining and logging lost 100 jobs. 

Across the Lafayette metro area education and health services added back the most jobs, 2,800 jobs followed by leisure and hospitality 1,800 jobs and professional and business services 1,500 jobs. Government lost 500 jobs, manufacturing lost 400 jobs and financial activities lost 300 jobs. 

In the New Orleans metro area leisure and hospitality added 13,100 jobs, education and health services 4,800 jobs while professional and business services 3,800 jobs. Construction lost 1,300 jobs, financial activities and government both lost 1,100 jobs while mining and logging lost 300 jobs. 

One year after Hurricane Laura hit the Lake Charles region, the metro area was still down 1,900 jobs over the year. Trade, transportation and utilities was still down 1,400 jobs for 15,300 overall. 

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The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.7% in July compared to 10.5% in July 2020. Statewide unemployment rate was 6.3% in July, down from 10% last year. 

Baton Rouge area unemployment hit 5.8% in July, an improvement from 9.2% in July 2020. New Orleans metro area unemployment was 7.6% in July down from 11.9%. Lafayette metro area unemployment was 5.6% in July, down from 9.2%. The Lake Charles metro area unemployment was 6.3% in July, down from 10%.

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Douglas County’s payroll employers added a seasonally adjusted 420 jobs in July after a loss of 200 in June and a loss of 30 in April.

Information from the State of Oregon Employment Department said the county has gained back 72 percent of the jobs lost in March and April of 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.

Regional Economist Brian Rooney said in the not seasonally adjusted private-sector industries in July, there were gains in leisure and hospitality, which added 90 jobs. Professional and business services gained 70 jobs, while construction added 50 jobs, as did education and health services. There was a loss of 40 jobs in transportation, warehousing and utilities.

Rooney said government dropped 590 jobs from a seasonal loss of 660 in local government. It was countered by a gain of 30 in state government, and 20 each in Indian tribal and noneducation local government.

Rooney said when comparing July 2021 with July 2020, total nonfarm employment is up 940 jobs or 2.5 percent. Large over the year gains were seen in local government where 330 jobs were added. Other gains went up in manufacturing which added 170 jobs, private education and services gained 150 jobs, and construction added 140 jobs. There were losses in financial services and business services of 80 and 50 respectfully.

Rooney said Douglas County’s seasonally adjusted employment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in July compared with a revised 6.3 percent in June. The rate is down from 8.8 percent in July 2020. The Oregon seasonally adjusted July rate was 5.2 percent while the U.S. rate was 5.4 percent in July.




Oregon’s unemployment rate fell to 5.2% in July, from 5.6% in June.

That puts the state’s jobless rate slightly below the national rate of 5.4%, but still above the record low unemployment rates Oregon experienced prior to the pandemic.

For many businesses, July was the first month without state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions since the pandemic hit. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown lifted those health and safety restrictions on June 30. (She reimposed a statewide indoor mask mandate last week, as cases tied to the delta variant threatened to overwhelm hospitals.)

The Oregon Employment Department said the state’s jobless rate began dropping more quickly in June and July, after decreasing by only 0.1 percentage point for five months in a row.

Nonfarm payroll employment grew by 20,000 jobs in July, surpassing the average gains for the prior six months. The largest job growth was in government — primarily local government, including schools — and in leisure and hospitality.

“The big 20,000 monthly job gains is huge,” wrote Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis in a blog post on Tuesday. “It means Oregon has recovered 70% of its initial pandemic job losses.”

While workplaces such as restaurants, gyms and hotels added more than 7,000 jobs in July, the leisure and hospitality sector was still down almost 45,000 jobs from Feb. 2020.

Oregon employers have reported record numbers of job vacancies, according to the Employment Department, and businesses are struggling to fill them. But the pandemic continues to throw obstacles in some workers’ paths.

The Employment Department said that, from April to June, more than 32,000 Oregonians were prevented from looking for work because of issues related to the pandemic, including child care problems. That figure includes households where all adults worked prior to the pandemic. For them, the child care barrier may remain until schools fully re-open.

Meanwhile, the option to telework has declined nationwide, according to the agency. In May 2020 about one-third of workers across the country could telework because of the pandemic. Last month, only 13% could.

August’s jobs report should show the delta variant’s effect on employment in the state. That report is due out Sept. 14 — shortly after federal pandemic benefits expire for tens of thousands of Oregonians.

Central Ohio’s unemployment rate edged lower in July as the region continues its recovery from the pandemic.

The unemployment rate dipped to 5.4% last month from 5.7% in June, according to state employment data released Tuesday. Only Cincinnati’s rate of 5.3% was lower than the rate for Columbus among the state’s metro areas.

The Columbus region added 8,100 jobs last month, led by a gain of 3,500 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector. The professional and business sector added 2,800 jobs last month and the leisure and hospitality sector added 2,100 jobs.

Government employment fell by 1,000 jobs, the most of any sector.

Delaware and Union counties had the lowest unemployment rates in the region at 4.4% followed by 4.6% for Madison County.

Licking County’s unemployment rate in July was 5.0% and the rate for Fairfield and Pickaway counties was 5.2%. Morrow County’s unemployment rate was 5.5% and the rate for Hocking County was 5.5%.

The rate for Franklin County was 5.7% while the rate for Columbus was 6.0%.

Before the pandemic, the rate for Franklin County and Columbus was typically in line with the overall rate for the region, but Ohio’s big cities have been slower to bounce back from the coronavirus than their suburbs and their unemployment rates have remained higher than surrounding counties.

Perry County had the highest unemployment rate in the region at 6.3%.

Rates fell in 86 of Ohio’s 88 counties in July, remained the same in one county and increased in one county.

The data released by the state Tuesday are not adjusted for seasonal differences. 

Holmes County in northeast Ohio had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.7%.

Athens County in southeast Ohio and Jefferson County in eastern Ohio had the highest unemployment rates last month at 8.1%.

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Despite the strongest jobs report in months, Illinois’ unemployment rate remains high as the U.S. rate continues to drop.

Illinois added 35,400 jobs in July, the strongest performance since February, but overall the state’s unemployment rate is holding steady as the rest of the nation’s economy is bouncing back.

New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows while Illinois added 35,400 jobs from mid-June to mid-July, that did little to help the unemployment situation. Illinois’ unemployment rate remained virtually unchanged, coming in at 7.1% – where it has been stuck since March.

The industry adding the most jobs in July was leisure and hospitality. It added 14,200 positions, yet remains the farthest off pre-pandemic job levels.  Educational and health services added 7,100 jobs; professional and business services payrolls grew by 4,200; construction increased employment by 3,700; trade, transportation and utilities added 3,100 jobs; manufacturing expanded by 2,200 jobs; other services grew by 2,100 positions; information added 700 jobs; mining grew payrolls by 100; and federal government employment increased by 300 jobs.

Some industries did shed jobs during the month. The state of Illinois and local governments cut 600 jobs, while financial activities shed 1,700 positions.

The state’s unemployment rate of 7.1% is far higher than the national rate of 5.4%. While the national unemployment rate has continued to decline in recent months, Illinois’ unemployment rate has remained at 7.1% since March.

Illinois’ unemployment rate is the 8th highest in the nation, far higher than any other neighboring or Midwestern state.

Illinois’ weak labor market performance has not been felt equally, however. Black Illinoisans – who face an unemployment rate of 15.9% – are more than three times as likely to be out of work than white Illinoisans, whose unemployment rate is 5%. Hispanic Illinoisans, facing an unemployment rate of 6.4%, also fare drastically better than Black Illinoisans.

Not only are Black job seekers suffering disparate outcomes in their job searches, but their employment outcomes have also actually gotten worse compared to last year. While white and Hispanic Illinoisans have essentially seen their unemployment rates cut in half from July 2020 to July 2021, the unemployment rate for Black Illinoisans has increased. While there have been increases in the number of Illinoisans looking for work in the past year, the data provides further evidence to suggest Black Illinoisans are being left out of the labor market recovery.

The disparate effects of the COVID-19 economic downturn across industries and demographic groups have persisted during the state’s labor market recovery. Making matters worse for those Illinoisans still out of work, Illinois lawmakers passed a $42.3 billion budget that was unbalanced for the 21st year in a row and imposed $655 million in tax hikes that specifically strike at job creation. Those taxes will hinder Illinois’ economy as it attempts to recover.

Ignoring how public policy, and specifically taxation, impacts a fragile recovery will only lengthen and deepen Illinois’ struggles. But it appears Illinois’ minority workers will struggle the most, with state

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August 22, 2021 – SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom released the following statement regarding Friday’s July jobs report, which showed that California added 114,400 new jobs last month, more new jobs than any other state. This follows 71,500 jobs created in June, 94,700 jobs created in May, 102,000 jobs created in April, 132,400 jobs created in March and 156,100 jobs created in February – totaling 671,100 new jobs created this year.

“California continues to lead the nation’s economic recovery, adding 114,400 new jobs in July – more new jobs than any other state, and the fourth time this year of six-figure job gains. We’ll continue to lead with the science and data, prioritizing vaccinations and supporting those workers and small businesses hit hardest by this pandemic, to create the conditions for a robust economic recovery.”

The unemployment rate of 7.6 percent in July 2021 is 5.6 percentage points better than that of July 2020 and is California’s lowest unemployment rate since March 2020. From February 2021 through July 2021, California has added 671,100 total non-farm payroll jobs, which is an average of 111,850 jobs per month for that time period. Of the 2,714,800 jobs lost in March and April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California has now regained 1,582,900 jobs (58.3 percent). Nine of California’s 11 industry sectors gained jobs in July. Leisure & Hospitality (+56,600) continued to have the state’s largest month-over increase for the sixth straight month thanks to significant increases in Food Services and Drinking Places.
Source: Office of the Governor

Related: California Unemployment Rate Remains at 7.6 Percent for July 2021 – Employers Added 114,400 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs

Unemployment rates in all six North Bay counties dipped last month, with the lowest in Marin at 4.5% and the highest in Solano at 7.6%. The latter tied California’s new lower level of joblessness, which is near the bottom of U.S. states in the recovery from the pandemic-led recession.

Sonoma County recorded 5.6% unemployment in July, while Napa County’s unemployment rate was 5.8%, according to state Employment Development Department figures released Friday. Mendocino and Lake counties followed at 6.3% and 7.4%, respectively. Solano County’s rate was 7.6%.

The state’s 7.6% unemployment rate in July, down from a revised 7.7% in June, was 5.6 percentage points better than a year ago, and is California’s lowest unemployment rate since the coronavirus pandemic started in March 2020, according to the department.

Meanwhile, California is near the bottom across the country in terms of jobless-rate bounce-back, according to Washington, D.C.-based WalletHub, a personal finance website.

The state’s July unemployment rate of 7.6% ranks No. 49 in the nation. However, the U.S. unemployment of 5.4% in July is lower than the nearly historic high of 14.8% in April 2020, the outlet said. The overall drop was attributed largely to a combination of vaccinations and states loosening restrictions.

Marin County

The unemployment rate in Marin County was 4.5% in July, down from a revised 4.8% in June. Last year in July, the county’s unemployment rate was 9.1%.

The county added jobs in leisure and hospitality; construction; manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; financial activities; and professional and business services. Fewer jobs were available in government, and educational and health services.

Sonoma County

The unemployment rate in Sonoma County was 5.6% in July, down from a revised 5.8% in June. The county’s unemployment rate in July 2020 was 10%.

Jobs were added in leisure and hospitality; construction; trade, transportation and utilities; information services; financial activities; professional and business services. Fewer jobs were available in government, manufacturing, and educational and health services.

Napa County

The unemployment rate in Napa County was 5.8% in July, down from a revised 6.1% in June. The county’s unemployment rate in July 2020 was 10.7%.

The county added jobs in leisure and hospitality; manufacturing; and professional and business services. Fewer jobs were available in government and in educational and health services.

Mendocino County

Mendocino County’s unemployment rate in July was 6.3%, down from a revised 6.4% in June. The county’s unemployment rate a year before was 10.9%.

Jobs were added in mining, logging and construction; leisure and hospitality; and federal and state government. Fewer jobs were available in wholesale trade; local government; and educational and health services.

Lake County

The unemployment rate in Lake County in July was 7.4%, down from a revised 7.5% in June. Last year in July, the unemployment rate in the county was 11%.

The county added jobs in mining, logging and construction; professional and business services; educational and health services; leisure and hospitality; and state government. Fewer jobs were available in transportation, warehousing and utilities; and federal and local

Nonfarm jobs surpassed 5.7 million

Leisure & hospitality jobs saw biggest gain 

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) today released its employment situation report for July 2021. 

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down three-tenths of a percentage point over the month to 6.6 percent in July. The U.S. rate fell one-half of a percentage point to 5.4 percent. The commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 6.4 percentage points below its July 2020 level and the national rate was down 4.8 points over the year. 

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – decreased 16,000 over the month due to a drop in unemployment which fell for the fifth consecutive month. Employment rose for the fifth time in the past six months. 

Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs were up 28,800 over the month to 5,731,800 in July. Jobs increased in 8 of the 11 industry supersectors with the largest volume gain in leisure & hospitality (+16,200). The largest drop was in education & health services (-2,400). Over the year, total nonfarm jobs were up 222,200 with gains in 10 of the 11 supersectors. Leisure & hospitality, which includes the restaurant industry had the largest 12-month gain, adding back 85,500 jobs. All supersectors remained below their February 2020 job levels as of July 2021. 

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Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison. 

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Editor’s Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania’s employment statistics follows. 

Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from Change from
  July June July June 2021 July 2020
  2021 2021 2020 volume percent volume percent
Civilian Labor Force 6,304 6,320 6,432 -16 -0.3% -128 -2.0%
Employment 5,891 5,887 5,593 4  0.1%  298  5.3%
Unemployment 414 433 839 -19 -4.4% -425 -50.7%
Rate 6.6 6.9 13.0 -0.3 —- -6.4 —-
Civilian Labor Force 161,347 161,086 160,085 261 0.2% 1,262  0.8%
Employment 152,645 151,602 143,777 1,043 0.7% 8,868  6.2%
Unemployment 8,702 9,484 16,308 -782 -8.2% -7,606 -46.6%
Rate 5.4 5.9 10.2 -0.5 —- -4.8 —-
August 2021 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released
September 17th, 2021.

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and
Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
July June July    June 2021     July 2020
  2021 2021 2020 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 5,731.8 5,703.0 5,509.6 28.8  0.5% 222.2  4.0%
Goods Producing Industries 811.6 808.2 790.7  3.4  0.4% 20.9  2.6%
  Mining & Logging 21.4 22.0 22.2 -0.6 -2.7% -0.8 -3.6%
  Construction 244.4 245.9 239.5 -1.5 -0.6%  4.9  2.0%
  Manufacturing 545.8 540.3 529.0  5.5  1.0% 16.8  3.2%
Service Providing Industries 4,920.2 4,894.8 4,718.9  25.4  0.5% 201.3  4.3%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,098.0 1,097.0 1,058.0  1.0  0.1% 40.0  3.8%
  Information 84.5