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The national unemployment rate doesn’t necessarily reflect the gains in employment, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Job growth in the U.S. was steady in the second quarter across all industry sectors—but the emergence of the COVID-19 Delta variant may threaten those gains, a new report has found.

The quarterly economic briefing for 2021 from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) generally had good news: growing employment levels and rising earnings suggested a return to pre-pandemic economic health. However, the report also noted the growth of the Delta variant, especially in certain regions, could delay or reverse such gains.

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