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A data chart image of Import prices up 0.9 percent, export prices up 2.3 percent over the year ended January 2021

Import prices up 0.9 percent, export prices up 2.3 percent over the year ended January 2021

February 24, 2021

U.S. import prices rose 0.9 percent for the year ended in January 2021, the first over-the-year increase since January 2020 and the largest 12-month advance since prices increased 3.4 percent from October 2017 to October 2018.

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February 23, 2021

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Producer prices for final demand up 1.3 percent in January 2021

In January 2021, producer prices for final demand increased 1.3 percent for the largest monthly increase since the index began in December 2009. Final demand prices rose 0.3 percent in December 2020 and 0.1 percent in November 2020. Two-thirds of the January advance in prices for final demand can be traced to a 1.3-percent rise in prices for final demand services.

February 22, 2021

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107.5 million private sector workers in pandemic-essential industries in 2019

We have used a list of pandemic-essential industries from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to count the number of workers in “essential industries” in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Just before the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2019 the United States had an average annual private employment of 107.5 million in essential industries.

February 19, 2021

A data chart image of Four states and D.C. had labor force that was more than 30 percent African American in 2020

Four states and D.C. had labor force that was more than 30 percent African American in 2020

Mississippi, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, and Louisiana had the largest shares of their labor force that were African American in 2020. African Americans composed more than 30 percent of the labor force in each. By comparison, African Americans accounted for 12.6 percent of the U.S. labor force.

February 18, 2021

A data chart image of Real average hourly earnings increased 4.0 percent from January 2020 to January 2021

Real average hourly earnings increased 4.0 percent from January 2020 to January 2021

Real average hourly earnings increased 4.0 percent from January 2020 to January 2021. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 2.0 percent in the average workweek resulted in a 6.1-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

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