Source: La Alianza surveys, NDWA Labs
Released: February 4, 2022
Today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report shows the number of jobs added in January was above market expectations.1 Unemployment rates for Latina women were unchanged in January 2022, and the rates for Black women decreased. This was a surprising jobs report given the surge of COVID cases due to the Omicron variant. However, the Omicron wave was likely reflected in other indicators.
There was a surge in the number of people who reported teleworking due to the pandemic.
The number of people reporting they were unable to work because their employer closed or lost business during the pandemic also increased.
The average workweek (measured by number of hours) was shorter in January.
There was a record level of absences due to illness, injury, or medical issues on the week of January 9-15th.2