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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.


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Indeed Job Search Survey August 2021: No Sustained Pickup in Search Yet

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Job search declined in August from a month earlier, but the drop-off was concentrated almost exclusively among already-employed people.


Line graph titled “The labor market tightened in July.”

July 2021 JOLTS Report: Demand Was Strong, but Delta Looms

Line graph titled “The labor market tightened in July.”
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Job openings once again hit a new all-time high and were 56% above their pre-pandemic level.


Table showing hit to employment by industry sector, comparing the percentage change in employment from February 2020 to August 2021. Leisure and hospitality had the biggest change in employment, declining 10%.

August 2021 Jobs Report: Delta Variant Slows Momentum

Table showing hit to employment by industry sector, comparing the percentage change in employment from February 2020 to August 2021. Leisure and hospitality had the biggest change in employment, declining 10%.
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Employment slowed in COVID-sensitive industries, such as leisure and hospitality.


Bar graph titled “Quit rates by industry sector.”

June 2021 JOLTS Report: Record-Breaking Job Openings

Bar graph titled “Quit rates by industry sector.”
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There is roughly one unemployed worker per job opening.


Table showing hit to employment by industry sector, comparing the percentage change in employment from February 2020 to July 2021.

July 2021 Jobs Report: Recovery Has Found Its Footing

Table showing hit to employment by industry sector, comparing the percentage change in employment from February 2020 to July 2021.
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Labor market is gaining momentum, but Delta variant poses risk to pace of progress.