Strong jobs numbers show recovery is on track


– Non-farm payroll: Non-farm payroll increased by 379,000, with strong increases in leisure and hospitality.

– Unemployment rate: Unemployment figures in February fell slightly by 0.1 percentage point to 6.2%, with solid declines in unemployment among Asians and teenagers.

HOUSTON, March 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — According to the latest economic analysis from the BBVA research team, February unemployment figures confirm that labor market conditions continue to improve as COVID-19 cases slow, vaccination rates increase and restrictions are lifted in parts of the United States. United

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Non-farm payrolls rose by 379,000 in February, with strong increases in recreation and hospitality, and smaller increases in temporary help services, health care and social assistance, trade retail and manufacturing. The analysis, co-written by BBVA’s chief economist Nathanael Karp and Senior Economist Marcial Navanotes that non-farm payrolls in leisure and hospitality remain 3.5 million lower than a year ago, representing 43% of the total private non-farm payroll gap.

The report said the number of people not in the labor force remained stable for almost six months at almost 101 million, still 5.5 million more than 12 months ago. In addition, the participation rate has remained virtually unchanged over the past six months at 61.4%. The employment-to-population ratio increased by 0.1 percentage point to 57.6%, only 0.2 percentage point more than last October. Both metrics remain significantly lower than their pre-pandemic rates of 63.3% and 61.1%.

The team’s analysis concludes that in order to ensure a faster recovery, policymakers must continue to provide significant fiscal and monetary support. They indicate that the premature removal of either could derail the post-pandemic recovery and eliminate the possibility of boosting the economy’s long-term potential.

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