Ep. 421: The Jobs Report Is Here & I Was Wrong (Again!)

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This week on the Pete the Planner Show, Pete and Damian change it up with YouTube and Facebook Live with the killer ‘wide shot!’ 

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Show Notes:


  • There were 943,000 jobs added in July of 2021. Unemployment has fallen to 5.4%, however, at the start of July, there were still 7 million fewer jobs. Is it possible for us to get back to full employment, pre-COVID-19?

    • DAMIAN: Just because we hear 5.5% unemployment, it does not necessarily mean that we are only that close to everything being alright. We’re looking at 7 million fewer jobs in the mix.
    • PETE: It is estimated that 3.5 million of those 7 million are people who retired early during the pandemic.



  • PETE: One of the major additions of jobs was government jobs. I appreciate when people respectfully tell me I am wrong. Callie did:
  • “Hey Pete, I have an answer to which kind of government jobs were added; spoiler alert: they weren’t IRS jobs as you asserted. Also, the government is more than just the IRS. I believe our government jobs count would include state and federal jobs; VA jobs, public education jobs, military, state and federal fire fighters, law enforcement, etc. Not just IRS pencil-pushers.”

    • DAMIAN: I think we mentioned there were going to be a spate of IRS jobs because of an announcement from President Biden. But the government does have a bunch of other types of jobs, true.
    • PETE: The biggest change was in Hospitality: 380,000 added
    • 240,000 jobs in Government
    • 60,000 jobs in Professional/Business Services
    • Retail & Retail Trade lost 5,500 jobs
    • DAMIAN: I’d encourage him to start setting goals for what he wants to do with it. Some use. Some defined purpose.

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