Number of Education Jobs in US Decreases Significantly Due to Pandemic

The education sector has been facing a lot of challenges since the Corona pandemic hit the world.

The total number of state education jobs across the US has decreased by 13.7 per cent, or to 340,300 from February to October 2020, according to PEW Charitable Trusts’ analysis of data from the Department of Labor.

Data have shown that the local government education industry has also dropped by 8.4 per cent, or 666,200 jobs in total, Erudera College News reports.

As a result of various teaching methods at higher education institutions, employees have found difficulties in finding a stable job. Only 28 per cent of public and private higher education institutions have been holding classes fully, or in-person.

The decline in employment at colleges and universities across the US varies from state to state, as the budgets of some states were more affected compared to others.

Colleges in several states have cancelled classes on campuses, and at the same time have laid off their employees. Five states which have experienced more than 20 per cent in losses include:

  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • Wyoming

Despite the pandemic, some local school districts and public colleges were not forced to dismiss employees in order to manage the payments. Yet, the Corona pandemic has pushed some staff members and teachers to leave their jobs or retire due to health concerns.

Data from the US Department of Labor, point out that the state and local employment in education was 8.8 per cent in October, marking the lowest national jobs in the school year since 2000.

At the same time, the number of jobs in the private sector has decreased by 6.2 per cent over the years.

“In seven states, local education employment fell more than 10% over the year as of September, based on the latest available state-level data. Meanwhile, only two states, North Dakota and Utah recorded slight gains,” PEW Charitable Trusts’ analysis reads.

According to a survey carried out by the Association of American Colleges and Universities last July, 82 per cent of college and university presidents said there would be hiring freezes.

Earlier this year, a Coronavirus aid package was adopted. The latter offer $31 billion to help schools and colleges.

Due to COVID-19 developments, several US universities and colleges had to make cuts in budgets in order to close the shortfalls.

Data revealed that Ohio Wesleyan University is eliminating 18 majors, while the University of California, Berkeley, has been cancelling the PhD program admissions in art history, anthropology and sociology. Whereas, Harvard University announced a $10 million deficit and cancelled the Study Programming for the Spring 2021 semester.

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