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U.S. Census Bureau Calculates How Many Americans Stopped Working Due To Omicron Disruptions

A hand sanitiser station in an empty office in central London. Picture date: Monday January 3, 2022. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)

How big a toll has omicron had on the economy? The U.S. Census Bureau has some early answers.

From December 29 to January 10, more than 14 million Americans did not work at some point because they had COVID, were caring for someone with COVID or had to stay home with a child whose school or daycare closed.

Another 3.2 million people reportedly stopped working at some point over the nearly two-week span because they were “concerned about getting or spreading coronavirus.”

And nearly 7 million people stopped working because they were furloughed or laid off, their employer closed temporarily, or their employer went out of business entirely because of COVID.

Has your daily life been disrupted by omicron in the past few weeks?



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