Journal Article

The Unemployment Cost of COVID-19: How High and How Long?


Abstract: We use flows into and out of unemployment to estimate the unemployment rate over the next year. This approach produces less stark projections for the unemployment rate over the course of the next year than some of the more alarming projections that have been reported. Using our approach and assuming that the severest social-distancing measures will be lifted in June, we estimate that the unemployment rate will peak in May at about 16 percent but gradually decline thereafter and end the year at 7.5 percent.

Keywords: COVID-19; unemployment;

https://doi.org/10.26509/frbc-ec-202009

Access Documents

File(s): https://doi.org/10.26509/frbc-ec-202009
Description: Full Text

Authors

Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Part of Series: Economic Commentary

Publication Date: 2020-May-07

Volume: 2020

Issue: 09