Which Jobs are Most Vulnerable to COVID-19? What an Analysis of the European Union Reveals

7 Pages Posted: 19 May 2020

Date Written: May 11, 2020

Abstract

This Research and Policy Brief presents measures of labor market exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus)in the European Union (EU) by identifying jobs in non-essential industries that cannot be performed from home. Jobs most at risk account for 30 percent of all EU employment. These jobs are concentrated in lagging regions; tend to be low paid and less secure; and are disproportionately held by young, poorly educated workers and migrants. In the absence of urgent large-scale remedial action, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) is likely to exacerbate preexisting socioeconomic and regional disparities.

Keywords: Labor Markets, Health Care Services Industry, Rural Labor Markets, Educational Sciences, Food Security

Suggested Citation

Sanchez, Daniel Garrote and Parra, Nicolas Gomez and Özden, Çaglar and Rijkers, Bob, Which Jobs are Most Vulnerable to COVID-19? What an Analysis of the European Union Reveals (May 11, 2020). World Bank Research and Policy Briefs No. 148384, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3602354

Daniel Garrote Sanchez (Contact Author)

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Nicolas Gomez Parra

World Bank ( email )

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Çaglar Özden

World Bank - Research Department ( email )

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Bob Rijkers

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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