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The Employment Recovery by Occupation, What Jobs are Leading and Lagging?

Let's look at 11 sectors in search of job winners and losers.
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Employment Recovery by Occupation 2021-09

Recovery by Sector to Nearest Full Percent

  • Mining and Logging: 43,000 below the February 2020 total of 689,000. 94% of February 2020 total.
  • Construction: 201,000 below the February 2020 total of 7.648 million. 97% of February 2020 total.
  • Manufacturing: 400,000 below the February 2020 of 12.799 million. 97% of February 2020 total.
  • Trade, Transportation, Utilities300,000 below the February 2020 total of 27.876 million. 99% of February 2020 total. Transportation employment is 72,000 above its February 2020 level. Retail Trade is 200,000 below February 2020. Utilities are 10,000 below February 2020.
  • Information: 100,000 below the February 2020 total of 2.914 million. 96% of February 2020 total.
  • Financial Activities: 25,000 below the February 2020 total of 8.875 million. 100% of February 2020 total.
  • Professional and Business Services: 385,000 below the February 2020 total of 21.469 million. 98% of February 2020 total.
  • Private Education and Health Services: 900,00 below the February 2020 total of 24.565 million. 96% of February 2020 total. 
  • Leisure and Hospitality: 1.6 million below the February 2020 total of 16.915 million. 90% of February 2020 total.
  • Other Services: 210,00 below the February 2020 total of 5.937 million. 96% of February 2020 total.
  • Government: 851,00 below the February 2020 total of 22.835 million. 96% of February 2020 total.

Winners and Losers

Leisure and hospitality lost the most jobs and is the slowest in regaining the pre-pandemic level.

Despite millions of job openings, the number of leisure and hospitality employees is 1.6 million (10% below) the February 2020 total of 16.915 million. 

The clear winner is financial activities. Out of 8.875 million workers, the total drawdown was only 279,000. Of that total, only 25,000 remain.  

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Financial Activities is where to be. After all, "It's God's Work"

God's Work

Please recall my November 12, 2009 post God's Work and Goldman's Prayer

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While acknowledging the role of banks in the financial meltdown, the CEO of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein said he believes his company is doing "God's work."

Here's the prayer I posted in 2009. It still shines today. 

LLoyd's Prayer

Our chairman who art at Goldman
Blankfein be thy name
Thy rally’s come, God’s work be done
In the Dow as it is in the Nasdaq
Give us this day our daily gain
And forgive us our frontrunning, as we punish those who frontrun against us
And bring us not under indictment
But deliver us from regulators
For thine is the cash flow, and the power, and the bonuses, forever and ever.
Amen

The CEO of Goldman Sachs is now David Solomon. 

Please note that "Solomon be thy name" now has the correct number of syllables. So does "David's Prayer". 

I hope this inspires you to pray for more free money to banks and financial institutions. God's work is all they do.

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