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A data chart image of Unemployment rates down in 41 states, July 2020 to August 2020

Unemployment rates down in 41 states, July 2020 to August 2020

September 24, 2020

Unemployment rates were lower in August 2020 in 41 states, higher in 2 states, and stable in 7 states and the District of Columbia. All 50 states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier. The national unemployment rate fell by 1.8 percentage points over the month to 8.4 percent but was 4.7 points higher than in August 2019.

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September 23, 2020

A data chart image of Nonfarm payroll employment up in 40 states in August 2020

Nonfarm payroll employment up in 40 states in August 2020

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 40 states and was essentially unchanged in 10 states and the District of Columbia in August 2020. The largest job gains occurred in New York (+153,300), Texas (+106,800), and California (+101,900). The largest percentage increases occurred in New Jersey, New York, and Virginia (+1.8 percent each).

September 22, 2020

A data chart image of Private industry compensation costs $35.96 per hour worked, health insurance cost $2.73,  June 2020

Private industry compensation costs $35.96 per hour worked, health insurance cost $2.73, June 2020

Private industry worker compensation costs for employers averaged $35.96 per hour worked in June 2020. Wages and salaries averaged $25.18 and accounted for 70.0 percent of employer costs, while benefit costs averaged $10.79 and accounted for 30.0 percent.

September 21, 2020

A data chart image of Import air freight prices up 55.8 percent, passenger fares down 8.9 percent, over year ended August

Import air freight prices up 55.8 percent, passenger fares down 8.9 percent, over year ended August

Import air freight prices rose 55.8 percent from August 2019 to August 2020. Within the import air freight category, prices of European carriers increased 53.9 percent and prices at Asian carriers rose 68.8 percent over this 12-month period.

September 18, 2020

A data chart image of Real weekly earnings up 3.9 percent for year ended August 2020

Real weekly earnings up 3.9 percent for year ended August 2020

Real average hourly earnings increased 3.3 percent from August 2019 to August 2020. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.6 percent in the average workweek resulted in a 3.9-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period. The increases in real average hourly and weekly earnings largely reflect the substantial job loss over the year among lower-paid workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to contain it.

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