Our viewpoint | Question mark over “jobs bounce-back”

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Editor-in-chief Yves Vanderhaeghen.
Editor-in-chief Yves Vanderhaeghen.

Enomic and employment indicators have been so dire over the past year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic that a report this week of a “jobs bounce-back” will have been as surprising as it was welcome to a punch-drunk population.

The results of the National Income Dynamics Study - Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (Nids-Cram) household survey show that the percentage of working-age adults who had jobs had largely recovered to pre-pandemic levels by October last year.

Approximately 2,1 million additional jobs were recorded between June and October 2020, according to the study, which puts the ratio of employed respondents at 53% in October, compared to 40% during level five lockdown in April.

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