COVID-19 impacts female more than male unemployment

Ben Hanowell

2020/06/25

According to a recent Brookings report (Yildirmaz 2020), not only has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted US employment most among lower income groups. It also has impacted women more than men. Isn’t this different than the Great Recession, which impacted men’s more than women’s employment?

Here’s a figure from the report.

Brookings report shows COVID-19 impacts lower-income and female employment more

Brookings report shows COVID-19 impacts lower-income and female employment more

Yildirmaz, Feng Lin, Marianne Bertrand. 2020. “COVID-19 and Labor Markets.” Brookings.