Were Teleworkable Jobs Pandemic-Proof?   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "While the majority of pandemic-related job losses have been in occupations where working from home was not possible, work-from-home or 'teleworkable' jobs were not pandemic-proof. In addition, the number of teleworkable jobs lost and recovered differed by workers' sex and education status. Both college-educated and non-college-educated women experienced larger employment losses and slower recoveries in teleworkable jobs than their male counterparts. Although U.S. labor market conditions have been improving since businesses started to reopen in May, total employment in August remained well below pre-pandemic levels, with more than 9 million jobs yet to recover. These losses likely differed across occupations: although many workers could no longer work at businesses such as restaurants or retail stores while shutdown orders were in place, others could continue to perform their business and financial services jobs remotely. Were job losses and subsequent gains concentrated in jobs where working from home was not possible? To answer this question, we focus on pandemic-related employment changes among prime-age (25-54) individuals, who account for the largest share of employed working-age individuals."

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