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In December 2023, there were 2.76 million more open jobs than unemployed people.
More and more older Americans are working later in life. Factors like increased life expectancy and decreased savings rates may play a role.
The economic contributions of the space industry grew 17% between 2012 and 2021.
Material moving was the most common trade job in 2022, employing 7.9 million people.
People with bachelor's degrees earned an average of $100,000 in 2022 — more than people without a degree, but less than those with advanced degrees.
Over 24 million mothers of children younger than 18 are in the labor force. Nursing and teaching are the most common professions for working moms.
The recycling industry is responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs, despite recent declines in recycling rates.
Americans spent 20% more on retail purchases in December 2022 than they did in December 2012.
In 2023, civilian federal employees received an average pay increase of 4.6%. The White House says they could see their pay rise by 5.2% in 2024.
Nationally, police and sheriff’s patrol officers earn higher annual wages on average than high school teachers, firefighters, and paramedics, with officers in California earning the most.