COVID-19 workforce impacts in the US

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This article reveals an often overlooked consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: the staggering amount of productive workdays lost to the illness. In 2022 alone, US workers lost 315 million to 1.05 billion days of work due to COVID-19, equivalent to the removal of 1.3 to 4.3 million workers from the workforce for the full year. This hidden loss could help explain the persistent US worker shortage, with industries unable to work remotely bearing a greater burden. The economic impact of this loss is expected to continue into 2023 if new waves of disease arise. Read full article here

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