Non-college-educated older workers saw greater job losses than their college-educated counterparts during the pandemic recession: Percentage changes in employment rates by age and education, February–April 2020


Employment percent change
No college degree -13.9%
Bachelor’s degree or more -9.2%
No college degree -21.0%
Bachelor’s degree or more -15.6%

Note: Chart shows the percentage change in the employment-to-population ratio from February 2020, the month before the pandemic recession, to April 2020, the trough of the recession.

Source: Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) analysis of Current Population Survey microdata (Flood et al. 2021).

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