The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll in the employment status of the United States. Focusing on 2020, the employment-population ratio dropped significantly to 57.4 percent, a 3.6 percentage points lesser than it had been in 2019. Similarly, the labor force participation rate declined to 61.5 percent, a 1.7 percentage points lower than the year before.
In the fourth quarter of 2020, there were 10.8 million unemployed individuals which was a rise of 4.9 million from 2019. Likewise, the unemployment rate also rose to an average of 6.7 percent which was nearly double to what it was the year earlier.
Bureau of Labor and Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2021/article/unemployment-rises-in-2020-as-the-country-battles-the-covid-19-pandemic.htm