The U.S. added 150,000 jobs last month, slowing down from the blistering pace seen in September. The drop was partly the result of an unprecedented autoworkers' strike.
U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs in June, marking another respectable month of job growth, though it was slower than in previous months.
The International Labour Organization says employment losses could increase to seven million if hostilities continue, but that rapid recovery would be possible if fighting were to stop immediately.
Employers hired more than 1.8 million workers in June and July. But millions of others are still on the sidelines. That's leading to long wait times and is forcing some businesses to turn down orders.
People are leaving their jobs in search of more money, more flexibility and more happiness. A record 4 million workers quit just in April.
Millions of women have left the workforce during the pandemic as schools stopped in-person learning. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh says the recovery hinges on women returning to work.
U.S. employers added more jobs than expected last month, while the unemployment rate inched up to 3.6%. Unusually warm weather contributed to job gains for construction workers.
Job growth rebounded strongly last month as employers added 224,000 jobs. That followed a disappointing May when employers added just 72,000 jobs.
The nation's disability rolls swelled during the Great Recession. But more disabled people are now finding work, and employers are more willing to make allowances, thanks to the tight job market.
For years after the Great Recession, employers were reluctant to boost wages. Now a tight labor market is giving workers the leverage they need to demand a larger slice of the nation's economic pie.