Disadvantaged areas hit harder by unemployment during pandemic – ESRI

July 14, 2023

A new report from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has found that people living in disadvantaged areas experienced greater disruption to their employment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The study, entitled ‘Pandemic Unemployment and Social Disadvantage in Ireland’, was carried out in collaboration with Pobal.

Pobal is an organisation that administers and manages Government and European Union funding to address disadvantage and support social inclusion.

The research found that compared to affluent areas, pandemic unemployment increased more rapidly among individuals living in deprived areas during lockdown periods.

While Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) rates were higher in more deprived areas during lockdowns, they also declined more rapidly in these areas when restrictions eased.

“This rapid decline in unemployment may be due to individuals in deprived areas having less discretion in returning to work once restrictions were lifted,” the report found.

“It may also reflect the high number of people in deprived areas working in sectors that were most affected by lockdowns, such as retail, accommodation and food,” it stated.

Anna Shakespeare, CEO of Pobal, said the research confirms the negative economic and financial impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on those living in more deprived areas.

“This may be due to the reduction and closure of operations in industries and sectors which were affected to the greatest extent by public health measures and that those in deprived areas are more likely to work in,” Ms Shakespeare said.

“This research provides a deeper understanding of the effects of the pandemic on disadvantaged communities and the importance of social income measures during this period to provide additional supports to individuals and families.”

Author of the report, Dr Adele Whelan of the ESRI, said that the findings highlight economic inequalities in the impact of the pandemic.

“The higher PUP rates in more deprived areas give emphasis to the vulnerability of individuals in these areas to labour market disruptions resulting from public health restrictions.

“This is an important consideration for policymakers if future events necessitate lockdown policies,” Dr Whelan said

Article Source: Disadvantaged areas hit harder by unemployment during pandemic – ESRI – Brian O’Donovan – RTE

Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000

Related News

ECB not expected to cut interest rates any further today

ECB not expected to cut interest rates any further today

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) is expected to leave interest rates unchanged when it meets later today. The likely pause follows the decision to cut rates by 0.25% at the last meeting of the bank’s chiefs in June, the first reduction since...

EU new car sales rise 4.3% in June

EU new car sales rise 4.3% in June

New car sales in the European Union rose 4.3% in June to their highest since July 2019, driven by an uptick in major markets Italy, Germany, and Spain, while registrations of battery electric cars fell marginally, data from Europe’s auto industry body showed today....