Covid-19, Deaths, and Jobs

Sunday, October 11th, 2020
Covid-19 kills. Work exposes people to Covid-19. Does high employment equate to more Covid-19 deaths?

Here we look at employment prior to and during the “Covid age” and Covid-19 deaths, for the 15 countries with the highest gross domestic product in the world [1]. The number of people employed is represented by the pre-Covid-19 labor force [2] minus the number of unemployed workers [3]. In the next two figures we show, by country:

  • the ratio of the number of people employed in a given month to the number of people employed in January, 2020, and
  • Covid-19 deaths per month per 100,000 people.

Most of the richest nations on the planet are closer to pre-Covid-19 employment levels than the US. Most of the richest nations on the planet have fewer deaths per 100,000 people than the US.

There is no need to trade lives for jobs in the age of Covid-19.

References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(nominal)
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_labour_force
[3] https://economy.com