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America’s Scariest Charts: Non-farm Payrolls

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of True Economics. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission.

In the previous post, I covered data for the U.S. Labor Force Participation and Employment to Population Ratios (see Now, let’s update the data for Total Nonfarm Payrolls through September:

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At the end of September, total non-farm payrolls stood at 141,855,000 – up 1,137,000 on August, and still down 11,322,000 on pre-COVID19 peak. We are now just over half-way to the recovery from COVID19 trough of 130,317,000 reached in April 2020. Since reaching trough, non-farm payrolls rose, on average, at a monthly rate of 2,308,000, which means that the latest increase over the month of September has been substantially slower than the average rate of recovery. 

At September rate of jobs recovery, it will take us almost 10 months to regain pre-COVID19 peak.
Current levels of payrolls are consistent with February 2016 levels, implying that even after we are still missing some 4.5 years worth of jobs creation. 

Here is a genuinely scary table, highlighting the fact that in the COVID19 pandemic, the U.S. sustained jobs losses of the combined magnitude equivalent to those suffered in all recessions from 1980 through the Great Recession:

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And while the recovery is clearly under way, broader indicators of the jobs markets trends are still pointing to a horrific aftermath of the first of this pandemic, with the second wave now in full swing (see more on this here:


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