Published July 2, 2020
The good news was also spread across nearly all sectors of the economy. Construction and manufacturing employment are nearly back to the pre-pandemic levels. Retail trade employment jumped by nearly 750,000 as stores started to reopen nationwide. Employment in health care leaped by nearly 400,000 as doctor and dentist offices came back. Even the hard-hit restaurant industry sprung back to life, adding nearly 1.5 million jobs. Employment levels remain down from the record highs in February, but the rate of change is dramatic and in the right direction.
Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.