Physical Proximity to Others in California's Workplaces: Occupational Estimates and Demographic and Job Characteristics   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "California's success in containing the coronavirus and saving lives will rest on our collective ability to sustain rigorous public health measures, supplement federal safety net programs to reduce economic pain, and establish and enforce robust workplace safety regulations. From the standpoint of the labor market, two challenges stand out. First, the workplace has emerged as a central site of infection transmission. [...] As more and more workers return to work, policymakers need to understand the full range of jobs at risk of infection. Second, it is clear that the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic is exacerbating deep health and labor market inequalities for communities of color. As is true nationally, Black and Latino/a infection and mortality rates in California are significantly higher than White rates. Employment in high-risk jobs is undeniably a contributing factor to race-based differences in infection rates, even though insufficient data in the US means that researchers have not been able to directly establish the link so far. In this research brief, we build on our previous research on essential workers, but use new data and broaden the analysis to the full range of occupations in the California labor market to help answer these questions: As the economy reopens, what levels of COVID-19 exposure risk will workers face when they return to their workplace? What are the demographic characteristics of these workers? And what jobs do they hold?"

UC Berkeley Labor Center
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