The COVID-19 employment roller coaster just took another turn, and the job growth we saw in Summer and Fall 2020 appears to be at an end.
I look at the August 2020 state-level employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and find generally lackadaisical employment numbers in both large and small states. This is my first look at the state-level and local-level data provided by the BLS, and was done using original data tools that can process and manage large multi-dimensional time series datasets.
The mostly recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that in May and June of this year the U.S. Economy may have recovered 36% of the jobs lost during in the first wave of COVID-19 shutdowns. Now, as public spaces are shutting down for a second time, I look at what happened last month in colorful and original graphs.