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Payroll employment increased by 943,000 in July 2021

August 10, 2021

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 943,000 in July 2021, following a similar increase in June (+938,000). Nonfarm payroll employment in July is up by 16.7 million since April 2020 but is down by 5.7 million, or 3.7 percent, from its pre-pandemic level in February 2020.

Over-the-month employment change and average weekly earnings by industry for all private nonfarm employees, July 2021 
Industry Over-the-month change employment change Average weekly earnings Employment

Mining and logging

6,000 $1,590.68 637,000


11,000 1,280.98 7,421,000


27,000 1,205.69 12,366,000

Wholesale trade

2,800 1,324.02 5,709,700

Retail trade

-5,500 675.14 15,339,500

Transportation and warehousing

49,700 1,040.26 5,782,500


-100 1,918.30 538,800


24,000 1,650.53 2,742,000

Financial activities

22,000 1,516.41 8,827,000

Professional and business services

60,000 1,350.56 20,913,000

Education and health services

87,000 991.01 23,612,000

Leisure and hospitality

380,000 493.43 15,178,000

Other services

39,000 877.61 5,701,000

In July 2021, employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 380,000, with two-thirds of the job gain occurring in food services and drinking places. The average weekly earnings in this industry were $493.43. Notable employment gains also occurred in education and health services (+87,000), which has average weekly wages of $991.01, and in professional and business services (+60,000), where workers earn $1,350.56 per week, on average.

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 — July 2021." We also have more charts on nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Payroll employment increased by 943,000 in July 2021 at (visited July 25, 2024).

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