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Payroll employment up by 850,000 in June; down 6.8 million since February 2020

July 07, 2021

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 850,000 in June 2021, following increases of 583,000 in May and 269,000 in April. Employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 343,000 in June 2021, as pandemic-related restrictions continued to ease in some parts of the country. Notable job gains also occurred in government (+188,000), professional and business services (+72,000), and retail trade (+67,100).

Change in nonfarm payroll employment by industry, June 2021

Change in nonfarm payroll employment by industry, June 2021
Industry Net change since May 2021 Percent change since May 2021 Net change since June 2020 Percent change since June 2020 Net change since February 2020 Percent change since February 2020

Total nonfarm

850,000 0.6% 7,919,000 5.7% -6,764,000 -4.4%

Mining and logging

12,000 1.9 33,000 5.5 -60,000 -8.7

Construction

-7,000 -0.1 239,000 3.3 -238,000 -3.1

Manufacturing

15,000 0.1 319,000 2.7 -481,000 -3.8

Wholesale trade

21,300 0.4 145,900 2.6 -192,400 -3.3

Retail trade

67,100 0.4 803,600 5.5 -303,400 -1.9

Transportation and warehousing

10,700 0.2 393,800 7.4 -93,600 -1.6

Utilities

0 0.0 300 0.1 -8,100 -1.5

Information

14,000 0.5 134,000 5.1 -178,000 -6.1

Financial activities

-1,000 0.0 166,000 1.9 -75,000 -0.8

Professional and business services

72,000 0.3 1,268,000 6.5 -633,000 -2.9

Education and health services

59,000 0.3 866,000 3.8 -1,028,000 -4.2

Leisure and hospitality

343,000 2.4 2,576,000 21.2 -2,181,000 -12.9

Other services

56,000 1.0 487,000 9.5 -297,000 -5.0

Government

188,000 0.9 487,000 2.3 -995,000 -4.4

Since February 2020, total nonfarm employment is down by 6.8 million, or 4.4 percent. Employment in leisure and hospitality decreased by 2.2 million, or 12.9 percent, while education and health services lost 1.0 million jobs over that span. Notable decreases also occurred in mining and logging (−60,000, or −8.7 percent), and information (−178,000, or −6.1 percent) from February 2020 to June 2021.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — June 2021." Also see more charts of national employment, hours, and earnings data and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the June data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment up by 850,000 in June; down 6.8 million since February 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/payroll-employment-up-by-850000-in-june-down-6-8-million-since-february-2020.htm (visited September 27, 2021).

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