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19 May, 2020 | (01 hr)

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The economic situation of many US workers and households has done a complete 180 since the emergence of COVID-19. In a previously tight labor market, unemployment rates were at record lows, wages were accelerating, and job satisfaction was rising.

The improvement in labor market conditions, especially for blacks, Hispanics, and workers with lower earnings and education, had led to a reduction in poverty rates and wage inequality. But the COVID-19 crisis is hitting vulnerable populations especially hard and will likely lead to a reversal of these trends.

Join our panel of experts as they examine:

  • The industries and occupations that have been most impacted by COVID-19
  • The characteristics of US workers that have suffered the most job losses, by age, gender, race, average wage, and educational attainment
  • Expected trends in unemployment rates, wages, and labor force participation rates due to COVID-19
  • The impact on job satisfaction
  • The impact on income and wage inequality and poverty rates

Who Should Attend: Executives with strategic responsibilities, especially in HR, strategy, and finance 


Michael Horrigan

Michael Horrigan
W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Michael Horrigan took over as the Upjohn Institute's president in March 2019. He served previously as associate commissioner with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Horrigan came to the BLS as a labor economist in 1986, after six years as an economics professor at Williams College in his native Mass...Full Bio

Gad Levanon, PhD

Gad Levanon, PhD
Vice President, Labor Markets
The Conference Board

Gad Levanon is Vice President, Labor Markets for The Conference Board, where he oversees the labor market, US forecasting, and Help Wanted OnLine© programs. His research focuses on trends in US and global labor markets, the US economy, and forecasting using economic ind...Full Bio

Elizabeth Crofoot

Elizabeth Crofoot (Moderator)
Senior Economist, Labor Markets
The Conference Board

Elizabeth Crofoot is a Senior Economist at The Conference Board, where she researches labor market trends, authors the quarterly Global Consumer ...Full Bio

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