Part of this pandemic has been defined by numbers. The curve. Six feet distances. Death rates. PPP loan rates. Unemployment statistics. Everyone from experts to average folks has studied these numbers relentlessly, trying to make sense of the disruption COVID-19 has brought into our lives.
A year after the business world turned upside down, we’ve compiled a list of 25 incredible workplace stats of the past twelve months.
- A person over 75 is 1,000 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than a 15-year-old. – CDC.gov
- 95% of Americans wear face coverings at least some of the time. – McKinsey & Co
- The global reusable face mask market size is expected to reach $7.08 billion by 2027. – Grand View Research, Inc.
- It took 43 years, from the time of the infectious agent identification to vaccine license in the U.S., to develop a vaccine for Ebola. The first COVID-19 vaccine accomplished this process in 0.8 years. – FDA.gov
- As of 2/21/2021, the Small Business Administration has disbursed $679 billion of the $796 billion so far appropriated by Congress to the CARES and CAA programs. As of Round Three, $128 billion, or 45% of Round Three PPP funding, remain available to the program. – American Action Forum
- The S&P 500 set 33 record highs in 2020. – USA Today
- Britain’s Financial Times and Stock Exchange (FTSE) dropped 14.3% in 2020, its worst performance since 2008. – BBC
- Higher vaccine adoption could amount to about $800 billion to $1.1 trillion in additional GDP by the end of 2022. – McKinsey & Co. in partnership with Oxford Economics
- The only major economy to grow in 2020 was China, registering a growth of 2.3%. – BBC
- 13.7 million people reported in December 2020 they had been unable to work because their employer closed or lost business due to the pandemic. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- The United States wrapped 2020 with an unemployment rate of 8.9%, signaling an end to a decade of jobs expansion. – International Monetary Fund
- Best Buy increased starting hourly wages from $15 to $18.20 per hour during the pandemic, marking a 29% wage raise for workers, the most of any retailer. – Brookings
Industry Highs and Lows
- Amazon and Walmart have earned an extra $10.7 billion over last year’s profits during the pandemic – a dazzling 56% increase. – Brookings
- Commercial flights ended 2020 down 41.7% from 2019. – Flight Radar 24
- The leisure and hospitality industries lost 498,000 jobs in December 2020. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Just 10% of respondents to a convention industry survey planned to hold in-person events in Q1 2021. More than half (56%) say they’re aiming to hold in-person events during Q3 or Q4 2021. – Northstar Meetings Group
- VPN usage in the U.S. increased 124% from March 8 – 22, 2020. – Statista
- In 2020, 27% of consumers were prioritizing a desk when considering purchasing home office furniture in the United States. – Statista
- 82% of U.S. businesses are using flexible work locations to improve work-life balance. – International Workplace Group
- Xerox calculated it saved 92 million miles of driving by allowing its remote workers to avoid commuting, thereby reducing carbon emissions by almost 41,000 metric tons – Gallup
- Anxiety and depression have more than doubled during COVID-19 in the U.S. – McKinsey & Co.
- From May 2019 to May 2020 the U.S. saw the highest number of drug overdose deaths ever in a 12-month period with more than 81,000 people dying. – CDC
- Incidents of domestic violence have risen in cities around the country: for example, 18% in San Antonio, 22% in Portland, Ore., and 10% in New York City. – American Journal of Emergency Medicine
- One Boston hospital reported domestic abuse cases in 8 weeks in 2020 exceeded the total of 2018 and 2019 combined. – Radiology
- Four states legalized recreational marijuana in 2020. – Business Insider
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About the Author
Writer. Digital marketer. Storyteller. An award-winning writer and editor, Tricia O'Connor is the Marketing Content Manager at EBI. Tricia worked as a broadcast and print journalist for nearly two decades writing and producing programming for high-profile networks like ESPN Radio, History Channel, and Hallmark Channel, as well as contributing editorial work to publications nationwide. Tricia joined the EBI marketing team in 2019 and is responsible for content strategy, development, and engagement. Tricia earned a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is a proud undergraduate alumna of Wheaton College in Massachusetts.