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Employment decreased in 355 of the 357 largest U.S. counties for year ended September 2020

February 26, 2021

From September 2019 to September 2020, employment decreased in 355 of the 357 largest U.S. counties. In September 2020, national employment decreased 6.8 percent over the year. Among the nation’s large counties, Maui + Kalawao, Hawaii, had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 35.4 percent.

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February 25, 2021

A data chart image of A look at union membership rates across industries in 2020

A look at union membership rates across industries in 2020

The union membership rate (the percentage of wage and salary workers who were members of unions) was 10.8 percent in 2020, up from 10.3 percent in 2019. In 2020, the union membership rate in the public sector increased by 1.2 percentage points to 34.8 percent, while the rate in the private sector increased by 0.1 percentage point to 6.3 percent.

February 24, 2021

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Import prices up 0.9 percent, export prices up 2.3 percent over the year ended January 2021

U.S. import prices rose 0.9 percent for the year ended in January 2021, the first over-the-year increase since January 2020 and the largest 12-month advance since prices increased 3.4 percent from October 2017 to October 2018.

February 23, 2021

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Producer prices for final demand up 1.3 percent in January 2021

In January 2021, producer prices for final demand increased 1.3 percent for the largest monthly increase since the index began in December 2009. Final demand prices rose 0.3 percent in December 2020 and 0.1 percent in November 2020. Two-thirds of the January advance in prices for final demand can be traced to a 1.3-percent rise in prices for final demand services.

February 22, 2021

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107.5 million private sector workers in pandemic-essential industries in 2019

We have used a list of pandemic-essential industries from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to count the number of workers in “essential industries” in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Just before the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2019 the United States had an average annual private employment of 107.5 million in essential industries.

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