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August 2021

Covid-19 and wellbeing inequalities: Employment and income

Covid-19 and wellbeing inequalities: Employment and income
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Employment status and income are important drivers for people’s wellbeing, affecting how we feel about life overall as well as whether we have the resources to invest in other things that play a part in our wellbeing. Covid-19 and the associated lockdown measures had an enormous impact on the labour market with millions of people experiencing employment and/or income shock. This paper summarises the evidence on impacts to people’s employment status and income, particularly focussing on the inequality of these impacts, using data from the Covid:WIRED dashboard.

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Who was vulnerable to losing work?

Inequalities in access to and benefits of support systems

Potential long run effects

Why do these findings matter for wellbeing?

Reflecting on the findings

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