Jobs and the Economy in the U.S. in the Wake of COVID-19: Key Issues Facing Governors   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Even as the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] public health crisis lessens and the country increasingly focuses on a full 'return to normal,' the pandemic's legacy is likely to be profound and will present Governors with lasting challenges that are just being revealed. These challenges that will impact almost every policy area, from budget to healthcare, to infrastructure, to workforce development and education investments. While many post-COVID developments are still in flux, key issues are emerging that are either generated by or exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic, and that Governors should consider incorporating into their policy agendas and longer-term planning, including: [1] Ongoing health effects[;] [2] Difficulties (re)building workforces in key sectors[;] [3] Increase in remote work[;] [4] New inflationary pressures and supply chain issues[;] [5] Lower population growth[;] [and] [6] More geopolitical uncertainty[.] The following brief provides an overview of some major trends and issues Governors will be facing in the years to come that are either resulting from the pandemic or the impact of post-pandemic economic recovery and growth--several of which were discussed during an NGA [National Governors' Association]-hosted bipartisan meeting of ten Governors that took place in Denver, Colorado in August 2021. This brief also provides examples of actions Governors and states are taking to address these issues." This document includes charts, tables, and graphs to illustrate the text.

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