DELVING DEEPER INTO PRECARIOUS WORK UNDER COVID-19

Precarious employment is one important variable influencing the extent to which individuals are able to withstand the economic fluctuations caused by COVID-19. The Four County Labour Market Planning Board has been delving deeper into precarious employment with a series of **COVID-19 Impact Surveys **in the Spring and Fall of 2020.

National and provincial research both show that those who were more vulnerable to economic changes and labour market instability before COVID-19 have experienced greater hardships due to the pandemic. They are more likely to be currently unemployed or working in jobs with less stability. They are also more likely to be working in sectors where work cannot be performed remotely, thereby creating stress due to the often additional risk of exposure, as well as needed access to childcare for parents required to work outside the home during this pandemic.

The local survey data aligns with these overall findings.
• The Spring 2020 survey analyzes the results in order to understand the initial impact COVID-19 had on our local workforce.
• The Fall 2020 survey reviews the results when there were signs of economic recovery in order to understand the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

The Planning Board is working on an ongoing project exploring the impact of different scenarios that may emerge in the next 12-24 months, and how they will impact both the workforce and employers in our region.