Presented by Jessica Hug (ESCoE)
COVID-19 has had significant impacts on the UK labour market. With the onset of the pandemic, unemployment and economic inactivity rose and, supported by the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), many eligible jobs were furloughed. Impacts were uneven across the UK. In this seminar, we will explore research that provides new evidence of the pandemic’s disruption of local labour markets in Great Britain. We combine individual-level data from the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS), the survey used to estimate the official UK unemployment rate in which households are sampled in every week of the year; with local authority-level data on vacancies, claimant unemployment and employment. These data are then used to examine local labour markets and the extent to which they were affected by the pandemic, as well as the extent to which they appeared to later rebound.
Jessica Hug is an Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence Research Associate at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). She is particularly interested in understanding inequalities in living conditions and how localisation choice of worker within countries and recent technological change affect it.