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2.5 million unable to work in March 2022 because employer closed or lost business due to COVID-19

April 06, 2022

In March 2022, 2,514,000 people did not work at all or worked fewer hours at some point in the 4 weeks preceding the survey because their employer closed or lost business due to COVID-19. This number is down from 4,201,000 people in February 2022.

People unable to work at some point in the last 4 weeks because their employer closed or lost business due to COVID-19 by receipt of pay from their employer for hours not worked, May 2020 to March 2022
Month Total Received pay Did not receive pay

May 2020

49,839,000 8,754,000 41,085,000

Jun 2020

40,368,000 6,223,000 34,146,000

Jul 2020

31,281,000 3,949,000 27,332,000

Aug 2020

24,225,000 2,811,000 21,413,000

Sep 2020

19,385,000 2,004,000 17,381,000

Oct 2020

15,070,000 1,764,000 13,305,000

Nov 2020

14,805,000 2,031,000 12,774,000

Dec 2020

15,819,000 2,022,000 13,797,000

Jan 2021

14,755,000 1,881,000 12,874,000

Feb 2021

13,348,000 1,400,000 11,948,000

Mar 2021

11,391,000 1,163,000 10,228,000

Apr 2021

9,378,000 871,000 8,507,000

May 2021

7,907,000 734,000 7,173,000

Jun 2021

6,209,000 621,000 5,588,000

Jul 2021

5,150,000 467,000 4,683,000

Aug 2021

5,647,000 782,000 4,865,000

Sep 2021

5,032,000 780,000 4,252,000

Oct 2021

3,830,000 508,000 3,322,000

Nov 2021

3,640,000 576,000 3,064,000

Dec 2021

3,101,000 493,000 2,607,000

Jan 2022

6,043,000 1,435,000 4,608,000

Feb 2022

4,201,000 853,000 3,348,000

Mar 2022

2,514,000 386,000 2,127,000

Among those unable to work because of pandemic-related closures or lost business in March 2022, 386,000 people received at least some pay from their employer for the hours not worked, while 2,127,000 people did not receive pay. In February 2022, 853,000 people received at least some pay from their employer for the hours not worked, while 3,348,000 people did not receive pay.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "The Employment Situation — March 2022" and Supplemental data measuring the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the labor market. We also have more charts on employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 2.5 million unable to work in March 2022 because employer closed or lost business due to COVID-19 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/2-5-million-unable-to-work-in-march-2022-because-employer-closed-or-lost-business-due-to-covid-19.htm (visited November 30, 2022).

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