Did the COVID-19 Recession Boost the Interest in Digital Jobs within the U . s . States? Evidence from Employment and Vacancies Data – Worldwide Financial Fund


Jiaming Soh Myrto Oikonomou Carlo Pizzinelli Ippei Shibata Marina Mendes Tavares

Publication Date:

September 23, 2022

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This paper investigates if the COVID-19 recession brought to a rise in interest in digital jobs within the U . s . States. Using O*Internet to capture digital content of jobs, we discover that regions which were hit harder through the COVID-19 recession possessed a bigger rise in the proportion of digital jobs both in employment and recently-published vacancies. This outcome is driven, however, through the smaller sized loss of interest in digital workers in accordance with non-digital ones, and never by a complete rise in the interest in digital workers. While our evidence props up view that digital workers, particularly individuals in cities and cognitive jobs, were more insulated in this recession, there’s little symbol of a persistent transfer of the interest in digital jobs.