April 7th, 2022 | By: John Stewart

Research Brief: Employment – February 2022

Employers tackling labor shortage in new year. The job market continued to recover in the opening month of 2022 as 467,000 jobs were created. While unemployment also rose, the labor force participation rate improved by 30 basis points to 62.2 percent, a post-recession high, as wage increases lured job seekers. Another factor indicative of the tight labor market is the declining number of people who want a full-time job but can only find part-time work. The count has fallen under the February 2020 level as employers expand hiring criteria and promote from within.