7 charts outlining what happened in August jobs report, what’s ahead

  • The US economy added 1.37 million jobs in August, and the unemployment rate declined to 8.4%, the Labor Department reported Friday. 
  • While the report was stronger than economists expected, it also showed that the pace of the labor market recovery from the coronavirus pandemic has continued to slow down. 
  • Here are seven charts that break down the report, showing how far the labor market recovery has come and how far there is to go. 
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The August jobs report yet again showed that while the US labor market is recovering from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic, the pace is slowing and there’s still a long way to go to reach pre-pandemic levels. 

The US economy added 1.4 million jobs in August, and the unemployment rate ticked down to 8.4%, the Labor Department reported Friday. So far, the US economy has recovered 48% of

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