FRED is the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank. Here are some interesting charts in their collection
As expected there was a big drop in employment for beer retailers during the Coronavirus pandemic. Also note the decline from 2008 to 2010 during the big real estate bubble pop.
America’s Shadow Unemployed
This graph is showing that more people having been moving into the labor force from unemployed since about 2010 which signals a recovery. During recoveries unemployment falls and more people from outside the labor force start getting jobs. Some of which are students or stay at home parents who start working again. A tighter labor market will force companies to look beyond their primary candidates. If there are less people outside of the labor force then that will put pressure on wages as the supply of labor is decreased.
The number of unemployed people per job opening
We can see that there was a big spike around the pandemic. Since June 2021 there are less than 1 unemployed person per job opening which means the labor market is tight. During the pandemic this rose to 4.3 unemployed individuals per job opening. This is usually the sign of a strong economy where employers will have to compete in order to attract workers.