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6.2 million unable to work because employer closed or lost business due to the pandemic, June 2021

July 08, 2021

In June 2021, 6.2 million people did not work at all or worked fewer hours because their employer closed or lost business due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is down from 7.9 million in May 2021 and from 49.8 million in May 2020.

People unable to work because their employer closed or lost business due to the coronavirus pandemic, by age, May 2020 to June 2021
Month Total 16 to 24 years 25 to 54 years 55 years and over

May 2020

49,839,000 8,223,000 29,483,000 12,133,000

Jun 2020

40,368,000 6,796,000 23,871,000 9,701,000

Jul 2020

31,281,000 4,849,000 18,657,000 7,775,000

Aug 2020

24,225,000 3,519,000 14,170,000 6,535,000

Sep 2020

19,385,000 2,435,000 11,944,000 5,006,000

Oct 2020

15,070,000 1,628,000 9,245,000 4,197,000

Nov 2020

14,805,000 1,652,000 9,021,000 4,131,000

Dec 2020

15,819,000 2,113,000 9,609,000 4,098,000

Jan 2021

14,755,000 1,953,000 8,734,000 4,067,000

Feb 2021

13,348,000 1,449,000 8,138,000 3,761,000

Mar 2021

11,391,000 1,199,000 6,772,000 3,419,000

Apr 2021

9,378,000 1,123,000 5,522,000 2,733,000

May 2021

7,907,000 765,000 4,727,000 2,415,000

Jun 2021

6,209,000 575,000 3,730,000 1,904,000

In June 2021, of the 6.2 million people that did not work at all or worked fewer hours at some point in the last 4 weeks because their employer closed or lost business due to the coronavirus pandemic, 575,000 were age 16 to 24, 3.7 million were age 25 to 54, and 1.9 million were 55 years and over.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. See "The Employment Situation — June 2021" to learn more. Also see Supplemental data measuring the effects of the coronavirus (COVID–19) pandemic on the labor market.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 6.2 million unable to work because employer closed or lost business due to the pandemic, June 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/6-2-million-unable-to-work-because-employer-closed-or-lost-business-due-to-the-pandemic-june-2021.htm (visited November 27, 2021).

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