Lower-wage workers in 2019 were least likely to remain employed in 2020: Share of employed workers in 2019 were employed (or not) in 2020, by wage quartile

Employed in 2020 Not employed in 2020
Lowest fourth 72.9% 27.1%
Second fourth 83.3% 16.7%
Third fourth 89.3% 10.7%
Highest fourth 91.2% 8.8%


Note: “Not employed” refers to individuals who are either unemployed or not in the labor force.

Source: Authors’ analysis of merged EPI and IPUMS Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata.

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