Industry Employment Recovery Since the Beginning of the COVID-19 Recession

The recovery of the economy since the initial shutdowns from the COVID-19 pandemic indicate that the United States has recovered the number of jobs lost; however, the gains are not consistent across industry and state.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the tool below allows you to explore how each state has been impacted across 11 “super sectors” between March 2020 and November 2022.

To use the interactive charts below simply select a super sector from the Blue drop down menu labeled Select Industry Here:

For a more granular view and to see how each state individually is performing in each industry look at our charts here.


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Mining & Logging (M+L)

Construction (CON)

Manufacturing (MANU)

Trade, Transportation and Utilities (TTU)

Information (INFO)

Financial Activities (FA)

Professional Business Services (PBS)

Education and Health Services (EHS)

Leisure and Hospitality (L&S)

Other (MISC)

Government (GOVT)

Top 10 States in Employment Growth

Bottom 10 States in Employment Growth

National Employment % Change

National Wage % Change

Top 10 States in Wage Growth

Bottom 10 States in Wage Growth


The wage, employment, and hours worked data were pulled from BLS’s Current Employment Statistics. The time points data are from November 2022 and March 2020, the month before employment numbers crashed due to pandemic-driven shutdowns. PPA calculated the percentage change between these two data points for each industry.

We processed the data in Python, and all charts were created using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, utilizing Charts.js.