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How Will Phased Reopening Impact Jobless Numbers


Dr. Gregory DeFreitas, professor of economics, founding director of the Labor Studies degree program, was recently interviewed by Newsday about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local unemployment numbers and what the rebound might be now that the phased reopening has started.

One of the biggest hurdles for the economy, DeFreitas said, is what will happen to schools and the broader child care industry.

“The fourth phase, of course, is especially important because that includes schools,” he told Newsday. “If you’re a working mom or dad that’s been allowed to go back to work in Phase 2 or 3, whether or not your kid is going to be allowed to go to school during the day is going to be very, very important.”

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