Policy investments meant the best two-year stretch of job creation since 1979: Level and percent change in two-year job growth, January over January, 1979–2023

Level change Percent change  
1979 8118 10.1%
1980 6206 7.3%
1981 2225 2.5%
1982 -235 -0.3%
1983 -2043 -2.2%
1984 2108 2.3%
1985 7382 8.3%
1986 6059 6.5%
1987 4306 4.5%
1988 5021 5.1%
1989 6483 6.4%
1990 5435 5.2%
1991 1889 1.8%
1992 -821 -0.8%
1993 744 0.7%
1994 4231 3.9%
1995 6710 6.1%
1996 5720 5.1%
1997 4859 4.2%
1998 6495 5.5%
1999 6341 5.2%
2000 6196 5.0%
2001 4994 3.9%
2002 -157 -0.1%
2003 -2119 -1.6%
2004 -87 -0.1%
2005 2199 1.7%
2006 4660 3.6%
2007 4698 3.5%
2008 2974 2.2%
2009 -3407 -2.5%
2010 -8601 -6.2%
2011 -3227 -2.4%
2012 3448 2.7%
2013 4423 3.4%
2014 4306 3.2%
2015 5297 3.9%
2016 5646 4.1%
2017 5077 3.6%
2018 4472 3.1%
2019 4475 3.1%
2020 4428 3.0%
2021 -7145 -4.8%
2022 -1992 -1.3%
2023 12104 8.47%

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics public data series.

View the underlying data on epi.org.