The severe economic impact of COVID-19 has created deep interest in both the original impact and the levels of economic recovery experienced thus far. Thisconference will bring together national BLS experts to discuss the effect of COVID-19 on employment, wages, prices, and production, providing some regional aspects when available.
BLS Commissioner William Beach will discuss how the Agency has continued to collect data and produce gold standard numbers during the pandemic. Associate Commissioners Julie Hatch Maxfield and Jeffrey Hill will present data on employment, unemployment, and prices. Assistant Commissioner Hilery Simpson will cover the topics of wages, benefits, and work requirements during the pandemic. The event will conclude with a panel of experts discussing how COVID-19 has changed the outlook for labor, as well as lessons from past post-pandemic recoveries. A short Q&A session will follow each presentation.