What is the True, Real-Time U.S. Jobs Picture?

New Cornell-JQI-RIWI Report

Key Findings:

  • On the eve of the last jobs report before the 2020 election, RIWI data gathered in collaboration with Cornell University and the U.S. Private Sector Job Quality Index continue to reveal that the real-time jobs picture is worse than lagging mainstream jobs data indicate.
  • These data show that a second round of layoffs is well underway and workers face increased job insecurity as many are being paid but not actually working, have again been laid off, or have been told they could be laid off. Of workers who were put back on payroll after being initially laid off as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, 27 percent reported in August/September that they have been laid off a second time, and another 36 percent have been told by their employer that they may be laid off again. Nearly 40 percent of those initially laid off reported being put back on payroll by August/September, but one-quarter of such respondents say they were not asked to return to work.
  • The data also show that, in addition to being disproportionately impacted by COVID, Black and Latino workers are disproportionately bearing the brunt of the second wave of layoffs. 34% of Latino workers and 31% of Black workers reported being laid off again compared to 25% of White workers over the July 23-September 27 time period.

Read the full report here

See the press release here