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Will the Covid-19 pandemic lead to job reallocation and persistent unemployment?

Joel David

Chicago Fed Letter, 2020, issue 444, 6

Abstract: The Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the U.S. economy. Nowhere are the effects more dramatic than in the labor market: In a span of just two months, the unemployment rate increased from 3.5% in February 2020—a low not seen since the late 1960s—to 14.7% in April—a high not seen since the Great Depression—before falling modestly in May and June. How persistent are these effects likely to be? Will the labor market recover quickly once pandemic-related restrictions are fully lifted, or will unemployment remain at elevated levels further into the future?

Keywords: Reallocation; unemployment; stock return dispersion; Covid-19; Employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 E27 E44 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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