Update of my July data brief on the public sector impacts of COVID-19, with October data
This brief summarizes the Great Recession’s impact on public employment and the public sector job losses driven by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Our analysis points to the importance of focusing on the public sector as policymakers respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
More from the Economic Policy Institute about the damaging effects of mass public layoffs. The current recovery is the only one that has seen public-sector losses over its first 31 months. If public-sector employment had grown since June 2009 by the average amount it grew in the three previous recoveries (2.8 percent) instead of shrinking […]
What better place to dive into urban austerity than through the question of public employee layoffs? The New York Times editorial today is about the disproportionate impact of such layoffs on Black workers: There were 20,000 government workers laid off last month, by far the largest drop for any sector of the economy, mostly from states, […]