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Identifying regions at risk with Google Trends: the impact of Covid-19 on US labour markets

Sebastian Doerr and Leonardo Gambacorta ()

No 8, BIS Bulletins from Bank for International Settlements

Abstract: Information on local labour markets and Google searches can be used to construct a measure of the vulnerability of employment in different regions of the United States to the Covid-19 shock. Regional exposure to Covid-19 varies significantly, ranging from a low of 2% to a high of 98% of total local employment. We test for the usefulness of the Covid-19 exposure measure by showing that areas with higher exposure report more Google search queries related to the pandemic and unemployment benefits.

Pages: 8 pages
Date: 2020-04-21
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