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Nick Bunker

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Nick Bunker

Nick Bunker

Nick Bunker is the Economic Research Director for North America at the Indeed Hiring Lab who focuses on the U.S. labor market. He was previously a Senior Policy Analyst at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, an economics think tank. Prior to that, Nick was a Research Assistant at the Center for American Progress. He holds a B.S.F.S. in international economics from Georgetown University.


Line chart depicting the share of workers ages 55 to 64 with a job from January 2000 to April 2022.

April 2022 Jobs Day Report: Labor Market Momentum Stays Strong

Line chart depicting the share of workers ages 55 to 64 with a job from January 2000 to April 2022.
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The April report might seem disappointing at first glance, but the strength of the labor market remains remarkable.


Line chart showing the openings per unemployeed worker, January 2019 to March 2022.

March 2022 JOLTS Report: A Strong Job Seeker’s Market

Line chart showing the openings per unemployeed worker, January 2019 to March 2022.
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As of March, there were 1.9 job openings for every unemployed person.


April 2022 US Labor Market Update: For Many Workers, Inflation Outpaces Wage Growth 

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Pay gains remain strong, but fewer workers are keeping up with rising prices.


A line graph titled “More workers are unretiring.” With a vertical axis from 1.5% to 3.5%, the graph shows the rate at which retired workers are employed a year later from January 2019 to March 2022. The line shows that ‘unretirement’ flows were 3.2% of all retired workers in February 2020. The rate then fell to 2.1% in June 2020 and slowly rose before speeding up in fall 2021. The unretirement rate was 3.2% as of March 2022.

‘Unretirements’ Continue to Rise as More Workers Return to Work

A line graph titled “More workers are unretiring.” With a vertical axis from 1.5% to 3.5%, the graph shows the rate at which retired workers are employed a year later from January 2019 to March 2022. The line shows that ‘unretirement’ flows were 3.2% of all retired workers in February 2020. The rate then fell to 2.1% in June 2020 and slowly rose before speeding up in fall 2021. The unretirement rate was 3.2% as of March 2022.
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The tight labor market, in combination with waning COVID-19 concerns and high inflation, are leading more people to leave retirement and reenter the workforce.


A line chart showing the share of prime age workers ages 25-54 with a job from February 2020 to a projected May 2022

March 2022 Jobs Day Report: Employment Growth Remains Robust

A line chart showing the share of prime age workers ages 25-54 with a job from February 2020 to a projected May 2022
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The job market is on a solid trajectory as robust demand pulls more workers into employment with strong wage growth.