Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

June 22, 2020

Nonrelocatable Occupations at Increased Risk During Pandemics: United States, 2018



  • Baker summarized data from the 2018 US Bureau of Labor Statistics and reported that 75% (108.4 million) of US workers are employed in occupations that are challenging to do from home, including health care, manufacturing, retail, and food services, which also tend to have lower pay. The author concludes that the stress experienced by lower-income groups, coupled with job insecurity, could result in a large burden of mental health disorders in the US in addition to increased cases of COVID-19 from workplace transmission.  

Baker. (June 18, 2020). Nonrelocatable Occupations at Increased Risk During Pandemics: United States, 2018. American Journal of Public Health.