Links between unemployment due to Coronavirus and longstanding illness

Published by Public Health Wales, this report explores the estimated increase in unemployment rates, alongside the likely increase in the number of people suffering from longstanding illnesses.

The figures, used in conjunction with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, indicate that there could be a greater increase in the percentage of adults living with a limiting longstanding illness from 18.1 % prior to the pandemic to 24.4% in 2022/23.

Rajendra Kadel, Public Health Economist at Public Health Wales and lead report author, said: “A 1% fall in employment in working-age people may be associated with about a 2% increase in chronic health conditions. Coronavirus could result in 900,000 more working-age people in the UK developing chronic health conditions due to reduced employment.”

You can download report here.

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