Potential Jobs Impacted by Covid-19

Abstract: In this blog, we conduct an exercise to determine the potential consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on near-term labor market outcomes. This is not a forecast, but an attempt to provide some discipline around potential bounds of the number of jobs impacted by the crisis. We estimate that between nine and 26 million jobs are potentially affected,1 with a best guess of around 15 million. If these jobs are lost, the June unemployment rate could reach between 14% and 18%, with a best guess of around 15%.

Keywords: Covid-19; labor supply; telecommuting;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Source: Midwest Economy Blog

Publication Date: 2020-04-01