Business & Professional Services Add 90K Jobs and Nears Recovery Despite Disappointing National Jobs Gains

December 6, 2021
Author: Mallory Vachon, Ph.D., Sr. Economist

November’s job gains underperformed expectations, with only 210,000 jobs added. Despite the disappointing November numbers, some industries — like Professional &Business Services — fared well moving closer to pre-pandemic employment, while others — like Government — lost jobs.

Leisure & Hospitality remains one of the industries farthest from recovery and 23,000 jobs as holiday and recreational travel have picked up. The job gains in Leisure & Hospitality were driven by a 17,600 increase in Accommodation & Food Services — or hotels and bars and restaurants.

The good news is that, after adding 90,000 jobs in November, Business & Professional Services is now less than 100 jobs below pre-pandemic employment levels. Even a modest month of gains in December will push this industry to recovery in 2021 — ahead of LaborIQ projections.

Many industries are projected to recover in 2022, while others — including Leisure & Hospitality and Mining & Logging — are not projected to recover until 2025 or later. National Industry Performance in November 2021

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