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  • Rise in labor earnings inequality during pandemic reversed by stimulus, unemployment checks

    Photo of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign labor economist Eliza Forsythe.

    Job losses during the pandemic were substantially worse for workers in low-paying jobs, leading to a dramatic increase in wage inequality during the early months of the COVID-19 recession, according to new research co-written by University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign labor economist Eliza Forsythe.

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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Eliza Forsythe, call 217-244-8481; email eforsyth@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the CARES Act on earnings and inequality” is available online.