Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on labor market outcomes across groups and the potential for permanent scarring.

The author asserts that a closer look at how job loss unfolded and recovered across different groups provides some insight into what the future may hold for the labor market.

Noting that:

  • New technology was thrust upon workers who had to learn how to do virtually what they once did in person; likely causing permanent changes in how people work and the technology that they use
  • Childcare is an economic issue; parents cannot fully return to work until they are able to ensure that their children can safely return to child-care and educational arrangements.