As of December, 61.9 percent of Americans over age 16 were participating in the labor force, either by being employed or by looking for a job. This is still below the rate in February 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States, although participation rose slightly in the last few months of 2021.

Source: “Labor Force Participation Rate,” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Jan. 7, 2022, https://tinyurl.com/4twyputp

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Date Percentage of Participation
January 2018 62.7%
February 2018 63.0%
March 2018 62.9%
April 2018 62.9%
May 2018 62.9%
June 2018 62.9%
July 2018 62.9%
August 2018 62.7%
September 2018 62.7%
October 2018 62.9%
November 2018 62.9%
December 2018 63.0%
January 2019 63.1%
February 2019 63.1%
March 2019 63.1%
April 2019 62.9%
May 2019 62.9%
June 2019 62.9%
July 2019 63.1%
August 2019 63.1%
September 2019 63.2%
October 2019 63.2%
November 2019 63.2%
December 2019 63.3%
January 2020 63.4%
February 2020 63.4%
March 2020 62.7%
April 2020 60.2%
May 2020 60.8%
June 2020 61.4%
July 2020 61.5%
August 2020 61.7%
September 2020 61.4%
October 2020 61.6%
November 2020 61.5%
December 2020 61.5%
January 2021 61.4%
February 2021 61.5%
March 2021 61.5%
April 2021 61.7%
May 2021 61.6%
June 2021 61.6%
July 2021 61.7%
August 2021 61.7%
September 2021 61.7%
October 2021 61.7%
November 2021 61.9%
December 2021 61.9%

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