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School Closures Could Keep 18 Million Parents From Seeking Jobs

  • Job-seeker calculation based on 47 million working parents
  • Closed schools add constraints to U.S. economic recovery
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As many as 18 million Americans may put off looking for a job as long as schools are closed, limiting the labor-market recovery.

The calculation is based on the employment rate for the 47 million parents with children under 12, assuming at least one parent has to stay off work to provide childcare, according to a Bloomberg Economics report. The estimate includes parents who have already left the workforce as well as those who are at risk of losing their jobs.