Labor Force Participation Rate Down, Employment–population Ratio Little Changed in September

The labor force participation rate decreased by 0.3 percentage point to 61.4% in September 2020. This was 2.0 percentage points lower than in February and up from a low of 60.2% in April.

The employment–population ratio, at 56.6%, changed little in September but was 4.5 percentage points lower than in February. The September ratio was up from a low of 51.3% in April.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are seasonally adjusted. For more information, see “The Employment Situation — September 2020.” More charts featuring Current Population Survey data are presented in charts related to the latest “The Employment Situation” news release. People whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.