Feb 3, 2021 in 

How COVID-19 has affected careers and jobs.

Stats, remote work and opportunities amidst the crisis.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has left many unemployed. In this article, we've collected statistics on the number of unemployed individuals and those who are working remotely across the USA, UK and Europe.

Life, as we know it has been turned upside down, with COVID-19 numbers constantly rising small to large organizations are forced into downsizing and retrenching resulting in millions of individuals compromising their livelihood. 

When glancing at the worldwide stats, 72.3 million have been directly impacted by the virus hence returning to the ''normal" way of life seems far-fetched. Therefore, a large number have been exposed to financial difficulty and stress. 

This doesn't have to be you. You can still find a job despite the pandemic. On WikiExpert, you can read articles authored by the best Career Coaches and they can provide you with advice on how to secure a job amidst this difficult period. 

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The unemployment rates

According to the US Labor Department, as of September 2020, the unemployment rate in the USA sits at 7.9%. 

In the UK, between July and September 2020, the unemployment rate has been 4.8% according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

Towards the middle of 2021, it is estimated that 2.6 million people will be unemployed in the UK.

The unemployment rate in Europe, according to Eurostat is at 7.5% as of September 2020. This number is expected to rise to 8.6 percent in 2021 according to Statista. 

Spain is expected to suffer the most from unemployment with the number being 17.9% followed by Greece at 17.5%. The Czech Republic is expected to have the lowest unemployment rate at 3.3%.

Unemployment rates: COVID-19 - USA, UK and Europe

The number of employees working remotely since the start of COVID-19

In the wake of the pandemic and with life-changing so drastically, many have turned to working from and finding remote jobs. 

In April and May 2020, 51% of Americans were working remotely whilst the COVID-19 was at its peak. This number has decreased to 33% according to Gallup.

According to the Office National Statistics, the number of people working remotely in the UK rose from 21% to 24%. This followed after the Prime Minister's statement on the 22nd of September 2020 who encouraged people to work from home if possible.

As a result of the pandemic, Eurofound (2020) suggested that 40% of Europeans have been working remotely. Whereas, before the outbreak only a mere 15% had teleworked. 

In most European countries, more than half of the people had no prior experience in working remotely. 

Remote workers - COVID-19 - UK, USA, Europe

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Read this article by Sudeep Deep, Online Life and Career Coach. He addresses whether jobs are being lost or transformed. 

Conclusion

Losing a job at a time like this is difficult. However, not all hope is lost, You can still get hired and seize the opportunities that are currently available. If you have no prior experience working remotely, you can ace it today. 

With the help of an Online Career Coach, you can get help with finding a job, build a professional resume, learn how to master an interview and more. WikiExpert has a variety of Career Coaches that can help you. You can also read their helpful articles for advice before starting your job hunt. 

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