Identifying Regions at Risk with Google Trends: The Impact of Covid-19 on US Labour Markets [open pdf - 0B]
From the Key Takeaways: " Information on local labour markets and Google searches can be used to construct a measure of the vulnerability of employment in different regions of the United States to the Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] shock.  Regional exposure to Covid-19 varies significantly, ranging from a low of 2% to a high of 98% of total local employment.  We test for the usefulness of the Covid-19 exposure measure by showing that areas with higher exposure report more Google search queries related to the pandemic and unemployment benefits."
BIS Bulletin No. 8; Bank for International Settlements Bulletin No. 8
2020 Bank for International Settlements
Bank for International Settlements: https://www.bis.org/