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Joint Economic Committee Democrats Chairman - Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)


Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases national and state-level data on U.S. employment, which provide useful information about the state of the labor market and progress toward building a better America. To highlight key trends in the monthly data, the Joint Economic Committee compiles state-by-state fact sheets for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The most recent state-level data, which cover the month of August, were released on September 16, 2022. The latest national data were released on September 2, 2022.

Fact sheets will be updated next on October 21, 2022, following the BLS release of new state employment data on October 24.

See last month's data here.

  • In the month of August, 315,000 jobs were created. The United States has now more than recovered all the jobs lost during the pandemic recession.

  • The share of people working or looking for a job increased sharply as almost 800,000 more workers joined the labor force in August. Increased labor force participation helps improve productivity and fight inflation.

  • Since President Biden came into office, more than 9.7 million jobs have been created nationwide, an average of 512,000 created each month.

  • The unemployment rate rose for adult women (3.3%), adult men (3.5%), Black workers (6.4%), Asian workers (2.8%), Hispanic workers (4.5%) and white workers (3.2%).